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In avaros.

On the avaricious

Septitius populos inter ditissimus omnes,
Arva senex nullus quo magis ampla tenet.
Defraudans geniumque suum, mensasque paratas,
Nil praeter betas, duraque rapa vorat.
Cui similem dicam hunc, inopem quem copia reddit?
An ne asino? Sic est: instar hic eius habet.
Nanque asinus dorso pretiosa opsonia gestat:
Seque rubo, aut dura carice pauper alit.[1]

Septitius is the richest man on earth; no old man has wider estates than he. Mean to himself and his dinner table, he chews nothing but beets and stringy turnips. To what shall I liken a man whose very wealth makes him a beggar? Shall it be an ass? That’s it - he is just like an ass. An ass carries a load of rich delicacies on his back, but, poor creature, feeds itself on brambles and tough grass

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1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca 11.397, concerning a miser called Artemidorus.


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In aulicos.

On the avaricious.

Emblema lxxxvi.

Vana Palatinos, quos educat 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.

EA est aulicorum vita miserè splendida, ut aureis
compedibus vincti teneantur, nec possint effuge-
re: quod de Aristippo dictitabat irrisor Diogenes.
Qua servitute nihil abiectius aut miserius, cùm sint
illi animo fracto demissóque, qui mancipiorum in-
star, ad aliorum nutum vivere & adblandiri cogan-
tur.

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Pour les Courtisans.

LEs Courtisans bragars, repeus de la fumee
De la Court, & du vent de quelque renommee,
Sont captifs à malaise, & bien fort empestrez,
A belles chesnes d’or liez, enchevestrez.

LA vie des courtisans est si miserablement
splendide, qu’ils sont comme retenus
prisonniers ayans les fers d’or aux pieds ce
que ce bon moqueur Diogenes disoit d’Ari-
stippus
: à laquelle servitude il n’y a rien de
plus abject ou miserable, veu que telles gens
ont le coeur abbaissé, qui comme serfs prins
en guerre, sont contraints vivre & s’accom-
moder au plaisir d’autruy.


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