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In avaros.

On the avaricious


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.


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.


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

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