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In astrologos.

Against astrologers

LIII.

Icare per superos qui raptus & ara, donec
In mare praecipitem cera liquata daret.[1]
Nunc te cera eadem fervensque resuscitat ignis,[2]
Exemplo ut doceas dogmata certa tuo.
Astrologus caveat quicquam praedicere, praeceps
Nam cadet impostor dum super astra vehit[3].

Icarus, you were carried through the heights of heaven and through the air, until the melted wax cast you headlong into the sea. Now the same wax and the burning fire raise you up again, so that by your example you may provide sure teaching. Let the astrologer beware of prediction. Headlong will the imposter fall, as he flies beyond the stars.

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Contre Astrologues.

LIII.

Icarus cheut dedans la mer
Par trop grande exaltation:
Cil qui veult le ciel entamer,
Est trop plain de presumption:
Donques sur ceste fiction,
Doibvent garder les astrologues,
Que leur haulte discussion,
Les mette ou dieu reduit tous rogues.

Notes:

1. Cf. Anthologia graeca 16.107, a poem on a bronze statue of Icarus, translated by Alciato at Selecta epigrammata (Cornarius, ed.) p.333. Icarus and his father Daedalus ([A42a008] notes) escaped from King Minos of Crete on wings of feathers and wax. Icarus was over-bold and flew too near the sun; when his wings melted, he crashed into the Icarian Sea and was drowned. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.183ff. Icarus, like Phaethon ([A42a064]) was a type of those who do not keep to their proper station.

2. ‘same wax...fire’: a reference to the cire perdue method of casting statues.

3. Textual variant: volat.


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In avaros.

On the avaricious

LI.

Septitius populos inter ditissimus omnes,
Arva senex nullus quo magis ampla tenet.
Defraudans geniumque suum, mensasque paratas,
Nil praeter betas, duraque rapa vorat.
Cui similem dicam hunc, inopem quem copia reddit,
An ne asino? sic est, instar hic eius habet.
Namque asinus dorso preciosa obsonia gestat,
Seque rubo, aut dura carice pauper alit.[1]

Septitius is the richest man on earth; no old man has wider estates than he. Mean to himself and his dinner table, he chews nothing but beets and stringy turnips. To what shall I liken a man whose very wealth makes him a beggar? Shall it be an ass? That’s it - he is just like an ass. An ass carries a load of rich delicacies on his back, but, poor creature, feeds itself on brambles and tough grass.

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Contre Avaricieux.

LI.

Ung riche homme avaricieux,
A qui la terre ne suffist,
Perd somme & pastz delicieux,
Pour faire temporel proffict:
Dont semble a l’asne, auquel l’on feist
Porter du pain, vin, & chair dons:
Et il en malheur tout confict,
Ne menge que herbes & chardons.

Notes:

1. Cf. Anthologia graeca 11.397, concerning a miser called Artemidorus.


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