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Par argent quelque fois fault
racheter sa vie.

Apostrophe.

Le Bievre gros en ventre, & en pied lasche
Se saulve, ainsi quand sur luy chiens on lasche:
Ses medicaulx coillons arrache, & mord,
Sachant pour eulx estre cherché à mort.
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Perdre l’argent, pour la vie gaigner.[1]

A l’exemple du Bievre (dict Ca-
stor,) qui ses coillons arrachéz à ses
propres dents, laisse au veneur, &
aulx chiens, pour sauver le corps:
Nous sommes admonnestez de n’e-
spargner en cas de necessité toutz
biens de Fortune, & Nature, dond
on se puisse passer pour saulver le
principal, qu’est la vie.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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In vitam humanam.

On human life

XCVI.

Plus solito humanae nunc defle incommoda vitae,
Heraclite, scatet pluribus illa malis.
Tu rursus, si quando aliàs extolle cachinnum
Democrite, illa magis ludicra facta fuit.
Interea haec cernens meditor, qua denique tecum
Fine fleam, aut tecum quomodo splene iocer.[1]

Weep now, Heraclitus, even more than you did, for the ills of human life. It teems with far more woes. And you, Democritus, if ever you laughed before, raise your cackle now. Life has become more of a joke. Meanwhile, seeing all this, I consider just how far I can weep with you, how laugh bitterly with you.

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COMMENTARIA.

Heraclitus philosophis fuit Ephesius. li-
bros composuit de industria adeò obscuros
ut vix à quoquam etiam doctissimo intelligi
potuerint, ideoque tenebricosus cognomina-
tus fuit. Is praesertim domum egrediens sem-
per plorabat, sibi enim omnia mundana non
nisi miseriae videbantur & angustiae. Alter
erat Democritus ex Tracia, in omni philoso-
phiae genere peritissimus qui tandem (teste
Cicerone lib. 5. Tusculanae quaestionum) semetipsum ob-
caecavit ut promptiores & subtiliores delibe-
rationes haberet, ad investiganda naturae se-
creta. Hic omnes hominum actus tanquam
ineptias & ludicra continuò ridebat, de quo
etiam Gellius lib. 10. cap. 17. & horum meminit
Cicero lib. 4. de Academicis. Sed nunc ô He-
raclite luge & defle humanae vitae incommo-
da acriùs, hoc enim nostro tempore longè
pluribus quàm unquam anteà malis & mise-
riis scatet. Imò tu Democrite nunc ex-
tolle risum in cachinnum usque:
Mundus etenim ridiculus
magis, multumque
ineptior fa-
ctus est.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A56a252]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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