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Desidiam abiiciendam.

Away with idleness.

Quisquis iners abeat. Nam in choenice figere sedem[1],
Nos prohibent Samii[2] dogmata sancta senis.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [Q3r f110r]Surge igitur, duroque manus adsuesce labori,
Det tibi dimensos crastina ut hora cibos.

Let the idle man take himself off -- for the holy pronouncements of the old sage of Samos forbid us to sit tight on the bushel-box. Get up therefore, get your hands accustomed to hard work, so that tomorrow’s hour may give you your due measure of sustenance.

Das CLXXII [=171] .

Man sol tregheit ablegen.

Wer faul wil seyn sich bald mach weg
Und lig nit auff der Bernhaut treg
Solchs lehret uns der alte Heid
Pithagoras mit gutem bscheid
Derhalben mach dich auff gar bald
Gewen dein Hend und werck mit gwalt
So wirstu haben one not
Den folgenden tag auch dein Brot.


1. This saying, which became a proverbial expression of idleness, is quoted in various ancient sources (e.g. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride10). A bushel was a day’s ration of corn, and ‘to sit on the bushel-box’ (a container holding a bushel measure, and convenient in size for sitting on) meant to be idle and improvident, leaving tomorrow to take care of itself, since today was provided for.

2. ‘the old sage of Samos’, i.e. Pythagoras (see Emblem 40 [A67a040]).

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