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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[F3v p86]

Non tibi, sed religioni.

Not for you but for religion


Isidis effigiem tardus gestabat asellus,
Pando verenda dorso habens mysteria.
Obvius ergo Deam quisquis reverenter adorat,
Piasque genibus concipit flexis preces.
Ast asinus tantum praestari credit honorem
Sibi, & intumescit admodým superbiens,
Donec eum flagris compescens dixit agaso,
Non es Deus tu aselle, sed Deum vehis.[1]

An ass with dragging feet was carrying an image of Isis, bearing reverend mysteries on its sagging back. So all who met him reverently offered worship to the goddess and recited pious prayers on bended knee. The ass however took it that all this honour was offered to himself, and began to swagger along swollen with pride - until his driver, reducing him with blows, said, ‘You are not god, my little ass, you are carrying god’.

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[F4r p87]

Nit dier, sonder der geystlicheyt.


Ein Esel trueg eins haylgen bild,
Vor dem sich nayget yederman,
Des ward der Esel stoltz und wild,
Maint im selbs wurd die ehr gethan,
O schelm, ich solt dich leren gan,
Sein maister sagt, und schlagen vol:
Nit dich, den haylgen bett man an,
Ein unglert pfaff verstet es wol.


1.See Aesop, Fables 266; Erasmus, Adagia 1104, Asinus portans mysteria.

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