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In aulicos.

On Courtiers


Vana Palatinos quos educat[1] aula clientes,
Dicitur auratis nectere compedibus.

The court, so full of vanities, supports the palace entourage, but binds them with fetters of gold, it is said.

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Contre les Courtisans.


Servir a la Court bien vestu,
Manger du bon boire dautant,
Estre de beau parler battu,
Tout remply d’espoir qu’on attend,
Rend le peu saige trescontent:
Comme ung que en chaine d’or on lye:
Dont jamais saillir ne pretend:
Et treuve telle prison jolye.


1. Textual variant: ‘ducat’.

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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilità humana, Fugacità delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanità (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
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