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INFAECUNDITATEM
sibi ipsi damnosam.

Fruitfulness bringing its own destruction

Emblema. 191.

Ludibrium pueris lapides iacientibus, hoc me
In trivio posuit rustica cura nucem:
Quae laceris ramis, perstrictoque ardua libro,
Certatim fundis per latus omne petor.
Quid sterili poset [=posset] contingere turpius? eheu,
Infelix, fructus in mea damna fero![1]

A countryman’s care placed me, a nut tree, at this cross-roads, where I am the butt of stone-throwing boys. I have grown tall, but my branches are broken, my bark bruised, I am attacked with sling-stones, competing on every side. What worse fate could befall a barren tree? Alas, cursed tree that I am, I bear fruit to my own destruction.

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1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.


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Bonte des enfans envers leurs Peres, ou Meres.

Prosopopoeie.

Quand Eneas portoit hors de peril
Son pere, Aulx Grecs pardonnez. (disoit il)
Gloire n’aurez ung vieil à mort livré.
Grand gloire auray mon pere delivré.[1]

A ung filz est grand honneur de rendre ou sauver
la vie, à celuy duquel il tient la vie apres Dieu, (qui
est son Pere) Qui est le meilleur, & plus louable acte
que jamais feit Eneas.

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1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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