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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

LXVIII.

Aëriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma.
Cùm ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam te
Protinùs adveniet quae malè 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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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

Emblema cxxiiii.

Aeriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma:
Cùm ramos complexa, ipsúmque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus: Nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam, te
Protinus adveniet, quae malè perdet 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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SCribit Guicciardinus, historiarum scriptor Italus,
id Alciati carmen affixum fuisse pro foribus An-
gli
cuiusdam, qui factus insolentior ob prosperos
successus, permultis invisum se praebebat. Apologus
refertur a Crinito 2. lib. 14. Convertitur in glorio-
sulos qui plus habent ostentationis, quàm virium
& facultatum, unde se ridendos propinant, & tan-
quam sicci quidam flosculi citissimè exarescant.

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Sur l’heur de peu de duree.

Soustenue d’un Pin la Citrouille s’accreut
Fueillue, grosse, & large, & jusques bien haut creut:
Voire si haut monta, s’estant ainsi hastee,
Qu’elle s’orgueillissoit d’estre si hault montee.
Mais le Pin luy dit lors: ta gloire est peu de cas,
Car voicy l’hyver vient qui te mettra en bas.

SElon que tesmoigne Guichardin, histo-
riographe Italien, ce carme icy d’Alciat
fut affigé à l’huis d’un certain Anglois, qui
devenu fastueux & arrogant pour avoir le
vent en pouppe, se rendoit odieux à beau-
coup de personnes. Ceste fable est enre-
gistree dans le 2. liv. 14. chap. de Crinitus: &
s’employe contre certains petits glorieux,
qui ont plus de montre, qu’ils n’ont de for-
ces & moyens: à l’occasion dequoy se font
moquer d’eux, & decheent bien aisément
comme fueilles seches.


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