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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

EMBLEMA CXXV.

Aeriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma:
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus: Nimium brevis est haec gloria; nam te,
Protinus adveniet, quae malè 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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Prudentes.

The Wise.

VIII.

Iane bifrons, qui transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & antè vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an quòd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

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1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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