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Prudentes vino abstinent.

The wise abstain from wine

L.

Quid me vexatis rami: sum Palladis arbor[1],
Auferte hinc botros, virgo fugit Bromium[2].

Branching vine, why do you trouble me? I am the tree of Pallas. Take your grapes away - this maiden shrinks from Bromius.

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COMMENTARIA.

Olea seu Oliva arbor frequentissima in Hi
spania
, quae Palladi est sacrata. Plinius li. 12. cap. 1.
ideo quia ipsa oleae inventrix fuit, teste Ovidio
lib. 6. Metamorphoseon & Plinio lib. 16. cap. ult. Pallas autem
Dea sapientiae, virgo casta ac prudentissima est,
de qua plura supr in 42. Embl.[3] Ideoque arbor
vitem, eam circundemntem [=circundantem] increpat, utque missam
faciat admonet, quandoquidem virgo illa fugiat
& abhorreat Bromium, id est, Bacchum, qui
Deus est vini, & pro ipso vino ponitur, de
quo Diodorus. Qud autem antiquitus Romanis
mulieribus, vinum bibere, perinde ac si in adul-
terio deprehensae, capitale fuerit, scribit Aulus
Gellius
lib. 10. cap. 23.

Notes:

1. ‘the tree of Pallas’, i.e. the olive tree; ([A56a275]). Vines were often trained up trees for support; cf. ([A56a012]).

2. Bromius was a name for Bacchus, god of wine.

3. See [A56a042]


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Mentem, non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabr expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solm deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa cm sumpsisset in manus, ait:
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

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Le Sens plus requis que Beaulte.

Une teste faicte de marbre,
Fut ung jour de Regnart trouvee,
En passant par dessoubz ung arbre.
La quelle il eust tantost levee,
Voicy teste bien achevee,
Dist il, & dung art moult nouveau:
Mais elle est en ung poinct grevee,
Car elle na poinct de cerveau.

Notes:

1. Textual variant: O.

2. See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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