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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 felicitatem.

Transitory success

Aeriam 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
Protinus 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 foelicite.

La Courde dung seul grain venue,
Le long dung hault arbre monta:
Et faict tant, quelle est pervenue,
A ce, quelle le surmonta.
Lors sur tous arbres se jacta:
A quoy larbre la portant dit,
Lhiver qui vient une mort a,
Qui effacera ton credit.

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1.  Textual variant, perdet in 1550


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