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Pagan justos por peccadores.

SEMIOTTAVA.

Muerde la piedra el perro, mas no sigue
A’l que se la tirò, como el que aquexa
A’l inocente y con furor persigue,
Y a'l que peccò sin pęna huyr le dexa.[1]

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.


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IN MOMENTANEAM
foelicitatem.

Transitory success

Aëriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, nimium brevis est haec gloria, nam te
Protinus advemiet [=adveniet] , quae male 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.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: perdet.


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