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In facilè à virtute desciscentes.

Easily deflected from the right course

Parva velut limax spreto Remora impete venti,
Remorumque, ratem sistere sola potest.
Sic quosdam ingenio, & virtute ad sydera vectos,
Detinet in medio tramite causa levis:
Anxia lis veluti est: vel qui meretricius ardor
Egregiis iuvenes sevocat à studiis.[1]

Just as the little slug, the remora, scorning the impetus of wind and oars, can by itself stop a ship from moving, so some trivial reason holds back in mid-course people who through intellect and ability are on their way to the stars: for example, a worrying law-suit, or that desire for whores which entices young men away from their good studies.

Das CLXXIII [=172] .

Wider die so leichtlich von der Tu-
gend abtretten.

Gleich wie die klein Con Remora
Das Schiff allein kan halten da
Ob schon der Wind und Ruder hert
Treiben, darwider es sich spert
Also ir wil hindert gar bald
Ein leichte ursach mit gewalt
Als da ist Frauwen Lieb und Zanck
Und macht der jungen Hertzen wanck
Und führt sie vom studieren weck
Daß sie nit erlangen den zweck
Die doch zuvor mit Kunst und Tugend
Andern oblagn in irer jugend.


1.  See Emblem 35 ([A67a035]) notes, Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.

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