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Que la bienaventuranša d’esta vida no
dura mas de un momento.

Ottava rhima.

Creši˛ una calabaza Ó tanta altura,
Que se enšim˛ Ó la cumbre de un gran pino
Y de ver su verdor, tan gran locura
Y vanagloria Ó su pensar la vino
Que pens˛ ser la principal criatura.
Mas esta gloria no serÓ contino
(Dixola el pino) que vernà el invierno
Que seque tu verdor caduco y tierno.


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Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[I5r p137]

Ex damno alterius, alterius
utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

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. áCf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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