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Sobrement vivre: & non follement croire.

Apostrophe.

Ne voy, ne croy, (ha Epicharme escrit)[1]
Ce sont les nerfz, & membres de l’esprit
L’oeil en main,[2] croit la chose qu’il voit sienne,
Poulieu, herbe est de Sobresse ancienne:
Lequel monstré (Quand la force exposa)
Sedition Heraclit appaisa.[3]

Ne trop boire, ne trop croire font l’homme sage, l’oei [=oeil]
en la main est certitude des choses veues, & touchées
Poulieu, est herbe gardant de soif, & d’yvrongnerie

Notes:

1.  The saying is quoted in Polybius, The Histories, 18.40.

2.  See Plautus, Asinaria, 202: ‘our hands always have eyes - seeing is believing for them’; Erasmus, Adagia, 73 (Oculatae manus).

3.  For this incident concerning the sixth-century BC philosopher Heraclitus, see Plutarch, De garrulitate, 511C: when faced with a discordant mob, Heraclitus said nothing but took a cup of cold water, sprinkled on barley-meal and stirred it with a sprig of pennyroyal. Pennyroyal represents modest fare, contentment and control. Cf. Emblem 175 (CHECK), line 8. Heraclitus lived on a diet of herbs. For his pessimistic view of life see Emblem 142 (CHECK).


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In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam. multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit. sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

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1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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