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Prudentes.

The Wise.

VIII.

Iane bifrons, qui transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & antè vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an quòd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

Notes:

1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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    Les biens des prodigues

    mal employéz.

    Sur ung hault Roch, faict d’ung mont sec & maigre:
    Fruyctz sans saveur porte le figuier aigre.
    Que mangent tous corneilles, & corbeaux
    Au genre humain inutiles oyseaulx.
    Ainsi Putains, flateurs, mangent le bien
    Des riches folz, & les bons n’en hont rien.[1]

    Des biens du riche fol personne ne s’en
    sent sinon, Canailles, Macquereaulx, Pu-
    tains, & flateurs.

    Notes:

    1.  This is based on an idea in Anthologia Graeca, 12.185.


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