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Temeritas.

Rashness

LXXII [=73] .

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga, effraeni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facile huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat
Et temerč proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

Notes:

1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in some commentaries.


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    Nil reliqui.

    Nothing left

    LXXX [=81] .

    Scilicet hoc deerat, post tot mala denique nostris
    Locustae ut raperent, quidquid inesset, agris.[1]
    Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas,
    Qualia non Atylae castrave Xerxis erant.[3]
    Hae foenum, milium, corda omnia consumpserunt.
    Spes & in angusto est, stant nisi vota super.

    This was all it needed - that after so many misfortunes, finally locusts should seize whatever was in our fields. We have seen countless squadrons encamped, led by Eurus, hosts such as Attila and Xerxes never had. These creatures have eaten up all hay, millet and later crops. There is little scope for hope unless our prayers prevail.

    Notes:

    1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2 .

    2.  Eurus was the wind from the East.

    3.  Attila the Hun and Xerxes, King of Persia, were leaders who invaded the Roman Empire and Greece with vast armies in mid fifth century AD and 480 BC respectively. Xerxes’ invasion and Attila’s first invasion both came from the east.


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