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Che l’arte aiuta la Natura.

Art helps Nature.


Sė come sopra instabil palla tiene
Fortuna il pič: cosi Mercurio sopra
Salda pietra si ferma. egli contiene
L’honor de gl’intelletti; instabil opra
Fortuna ordisce, e poco fe mantiene:
Onde saggio č colui, che l’arte adopra.
Adunque le buone arti ognuno apprenda,
Che fanno, ch’ella al fin vinta si renda.


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Inanis impetus.

Antagonism that achieves nothing

Lunarem noctu, ut speculum,[1] canis inspicit orbem:
Seque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irritas ventis,
Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

Notes:

1.  For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

2.  Variant reading, altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

3.  Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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