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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

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 quomodò 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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De la vie humaine.

Plores plus que onques tu ne feis
Heraclite, il en est saison.
Les gens sont en tous maulx confis.
Vertus nont ca bas plus maison.
Democrite ris: tu as raison.
Car chascun veult fol demourer:
Tandis penseray la choison,
Si je devray rire, ou plorer.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [FALb016]. 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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