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In avaros.

On the avaricious

LI.

Septitius populos inter ditissimus omnes,
Arva senex nullus quo magis ampla tenet.
Defraudans geniumque suum, mensasque paratas,
Nil praeter betas, duraque rapa vorat.
Cui similem dicam hunc, inopem quem copia reddit,
An ne asino? sic est, instar hic eius habet.
Namque asinus dorso preciosa obsonia gestat,
Seque rubo, aut dura carice pauper alit.[1]

Septitius is the richest man on earth; no old man has wider estates than he. Mean to himself and his dinner table, he chews nothing but beets and stringy turnips. To what shall I liken a man whose very wealth makes him a beggar? Shall it be an ass? That’s it - he is just like an ass. An ass carries a load of rich delicacies on his back, but, poor creature, feeds itself on brambles and tough grass.

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Contre Avaricieux.

LI.

Ung riche homme avaricieux,
A qui la terre ne suffist,
Perd somme & pastz delicieux,
Pour faire temporel proffict:
Dont semble a l’asne, auquel l’on feist
Porter du pain, vin, & chair dons:
Et il en malheur tout confict,
Ne menge que herbes & chardons.

Notes:

1. Cf. Anthologia graeca 11.397, concerning a miser called Artemidorus.


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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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Les prudens se abstiennent de vin.

L.

Quand a moy ton ramage arrive,
Je men fasche, entends tu bien vigne.
L’arbre de Pallas suis l’Olive,
Qui me veulx rendre a vierge digne:
Laisse doncq’ mon estat insigne,
Me ostant tes raisins & sarment.
Fille aymant de vertus la ligne,
Fuyt le vin, & vit sobrement.

Notes:

1. ‘the tree of Pallas’, i.e. the olive tree; ([A42a114]). Vines were often trained up trees for support; cf. ([A42a012]).

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


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