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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

LXVIII.

Aëriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma.
Cům ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam te
Protinůs adveniet quae malč perdat[1] hyems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.

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A la briefve felicité.

LXVIII.

La courbte d’ung seul grain venue,
Le long d’ung hault arbre monta:
Et faict tant, qu’elle est pervenue
A ce, qu’elle le surmonta.
Lors sur tous arbres se jacta:
A quoy l’arbre la portant dit,
L’hyver qui vient une mort a,
Qui effacera ton credit.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: perdet.


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Contre felicité peu durable.

PROSOPOPOEIE.

Aupres d’ung pin une cocourbe creut,
Et largement fueilles: fruyct, & fleur heut.
L’ors quand du Pin les branches surpassoit:
Plus que tout arbre estre grande pensoit.
Le Pin luy dist. Ta gloire est par trop courte:
L’hyver viendra qui te destruira toute.

La gloire fondée sur choses peu durables, est vanité,
ou vaine gloire, qui tombe incontinent en hont, &
despris comme se glorifier de beaulté, qui tost deflo-
rit: de sante & richesse, que tost perit, d’estat, qui ne du-
re gueres, & duquel facilement on peut estre demis.


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