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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [n1r p193]

Ex damno alterius utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

XII.

Dum saevis ruerent in mutua vulnera telis,
Ungue leaena ferox, dente timendus aper,
Accurrit vultur spectatum, & prandia captat.
Gloria victoris, praeda futura sua est.[1]

While a lioness, vicious in claw, and a boar, fearsome for its tusks, were setting upon each other, inflicting mutual wounds with their savage weapons, a vulture hurried up to watch, lurking in expectation of a meal. The victor’s glory will belong to the one that gets the spoil.

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1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I4v p136]

    In momentaneam felicitatem.

    Transitory success

    Aėriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
    Dicitur: & grandi luxuriasse coma.
    Cłm ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
    Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
    Cui pinus: Nimium brevis est haec gloria. nam te
    Protinus adveniet quae malč perdet hyems.

    A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.


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