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Quanto sia dannosa la gola.

How harmful greed is.


Il Topo avezzo a roder le vivande,
Un di mal di mangiar satio e contento
Un’Ostriga trovo capace e grande,
Che a caso tenea aperto il monumento.
Ei v’entra audace, e cerca in quelle bande:
Ella tosto si chiude, e’l serra drento.
Cosi la gola’che meschin condusse,
A perpetua prigion sciocco l’addusse.


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  • Gluttony, Intemperance, 'Gula'; 'Gola', 'Ingordigia', 'Ingordigia overo Aviditą', 'Voracitą' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins [11N35] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Folly, Foolishness; 'Pazzia', 'Sciocchezza', 'Stoltitia' (Ripa) [52AA51] Search | Browse Iconclass
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DIVES INDOCTUS.

The stupid rich man

Tranat aquas residens precioso in vellere phrixus,
Et flavam impavidus per mare scandit ovem.
Ecquid id est? vir sensu hebeti, sed divite gaza,
Coniugis aut servi quem regit arbitrium.[1]

Phrixus traverses the waters astride the precious fleece and fearlessly rides the golden sheep across the sea. - Whatever can this be? - A man dull of sense, but with rich coffers, whom the whim of wife or servant rules.

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1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.


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