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Contra los aduladores.

Endecasyllabos con Dimetros cataletticos.

Estā el Camaleon la boca abierta
Y de ayre se mantiene,[1]
Y en todos los colores se transforma
Sino es en blanco y rojo.[2]
Ansi en el popular favor se cria
El adulador triste
Todas las condiciones ymitando
Si no es la pura y casta.

Notes:

1.  This creature was supposed to feed only on air, keeping its mouth wide open to suck it in. See Pliny, Natural History 8.51.122. For the chameleon cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.144, 241, 252.

2.  ‘Sino es en blanco y rojo’. See Pliny, ib.


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Dives indoctus.

The stupid rich man

LXXXVII.

Tranat aquas residens precioso in vellere Phrixus,
Et flavam impavidus per mare scandit ovem.
Ecquid id est? vir sensu hebeti, sed divite gaza,
Coniugis aut servi quem regit arbitrium.[1]

Phrixus traverses the waters astride the precious fleece and fearlessly rides the golden sheep across the sea. - Whatever can this be? - A man dull of sense, but with rich coffers, whom the whim of wife or servant rules.

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Reych und ungelert.

LXXXVII.

Nach der Poeten sag und ler,
Hat auff eim gulden schaff geschwembt,
Der jungling Phrixus durch das mer.
Bey diser fabel wunder fremd,
Ein tollen reychen man vernembt,
Der wiert von seinen knecht regiert,
Oder von seinem weyb getzembt,
Das hayst ein schaff mit gold geziert.

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1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.


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