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Aliquid mali propter vicinum
malum.[1]

Misfortune caused by a bad neighbour

LVIII.

Raptabat torrens ollas, quarum una metallo,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [g2r p99 ]Altera erat figuli terrea facta manu.
Hanc igitur rogat illa, velit sibi proxima ferri,
Iuncta ut praecipites utraque sistat aquas:
Cui lutea, Haud nobis tua sunt commercia curae,
Ne mihi proximitas haec mala multa ferat.
Nam seu te nobis, seu nos tibi conferat unda,
Ipsa ego te fragilis sospite sola terar.

A stream was carrying along two pots, one of which was made of metal, the other formed by the potter’s hand of clay. The metal pot asked the clay one whether it would like to float along close beside it, so that each of them, by uniting with the other, could resist the rushing waters. The clay pot replied: The arrangement you propose does not appeal to me. I am afraid that such proximity will bring many misfortunes upon me. For whether the wave washes you against me or me against you, I only, being breakable, will be shattered, while you remain unharmed.

COMMENTARIA.

Fluvius accrescens rapiebat duas ollas,
quarum una ferrea erat, altera verò lutea, vo-
cabat autem aenea alteram, ut apud se propius
nataret quò simul facilius aquae violentiae re-
sistere possent. Cui terrea respondit, nolo
ego commercium nec vicinitatem tuam, quae
mihi non nisi nociva futura esse & damno-
sa, si enim forte undarum impetus nos colli-
deret, ego misera sola frangerer in frusta,
tu verò nihil omnino mali sentires. Et
hoc Aesopicum est de duobus Ol-
lis. Proverbio autem dicitur,
aliquid mali propter vi-
cinum malum. In
Chiliadibus.

Notes:

1.  See Avianus, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 32, Aliquid mali propter vicinum malum.


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In senatum boni principis.

On the senate of a good prince

Effigies manibus truncae ante altaria divûm
Hîc resident, quarum lumine capta prior.
Signa potestatis summae, sanctique senatus
Thebanis fuerant ista reperta viris.[1]
Cur resident? quia mente graves decet esse quieta
Iuridicos, animo nec variare levi.
Cur sine sunt manibus? capiant ne xenia, nec se
Pollicitis flecti muneribusve sinant.
Caecus at est princeps, quòd solis auribus absque
Affectu, constans iussa senatus agit.

Figures without hands sit here before the altars of the gods. The chief of them is deprived of sight. These symbols of the supreme power and of the reverend senate were discovered by men of Thebes. - Why do they sit? - Because lawgivers should be serious, of a calm mind, and not change with inconstant thoughts. - Why have they no hands? - So that they may not take gifts, nor let themselves be influenced by promises or bribes. But the president is blind, because the Senate, by hearing alone, uninfluenced by feeling, impartially discharges what it is bidden to do.

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Le parlement du bon prince.

Ces gens sans mains qui sont assis,
Sont ceulx dont justice est pourveue:
Ilz seent ayans le sens rassis:
En don chose nest deulx receue.
Leur prince prive de sa veue,
Ne peult apercevoir personne:
Et juge par sentence deue,
Selon que en loreille on luy sonne.

Notes:

1.  This is Thebes in Egypt. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 10; also Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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