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Desidiam abiiciendam.

Away with idleness.

XIIII.

Quisquis iners abeat, in choenice figere sedem[1]
Nos prohibent Samii[2] dogmata sancta senis.
Surge igitur, duroque manus adsuesce labori,
Det tibi dimensos crastina ut hora cibos.

Let the idle man take himself off -- the holy pronouncements of the old sage of Samos forbid us to sit tight on the bushel-box. Get up therefore, get your hands accustomed to hard work, so that tomorrow’s hour may give you your due measure of sustenance.

COMMENTARIA.

Choenix mensura olim erat apud Graeco
qua servis pro qualibet die frumentum in ci-
bum mensurabatur, unde frequenter admo-
nuit Samius (Pythagoras doctissimus Philoso-
phus, Samius à patria dictus, ut refert Iustinus
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [b7r p29]lib. 20. historiarum) ne quis piger insideret Choeni
ci
, significans ex aequo futuri habendam cu-
ram, ut refert Diogenes Laërtius, lib. 8. de vita Philo-
sophorum. Inculcabat denique hoc symbolo, otio
non indulgendum, sed strenuè laborandum
esse. & sua quenque industria sibi vitae neces-
saria lucrari debere. Vide Plutarchum. Labo-
res enim bonis viris obsonium esse, inquit
Xenophon in Oeconomicis. De fugienda
denique desidia perpulchrè Crinitus lib. 2. Poë-
matum.

Notes:

1.  This saying, which became a proverbial expression of idleness, is quoted in various ancient sources (e.g. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride10). A bushel was a day’s ration of corn, and ‘to sit on the bushel-box’ (a container holding a bushel measure, and convenient in size for sitting on) meant to be idle and improvident, leaving tomorrow to take care of itself, since today was provided for.

2.  ‘the old sage of Samos’, i.e. Pythagoras ([A56a253]).


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Fortuna virtutem superans.

Fortune triumphant over virtue

EMBLEMA CXIX.

Caesareo postquàm superatus milite, vidit
Civili undantem sanguine Pharsaliam;
Iam iam stricturus moribunda in pectora ferrum,
Audaci hos Brutus protulit ore sonos:
Infelix Virtus; & solis provida verbis,
Fortunam in rebus cur sequeris dominam?[1]

Brutus, defeated by the Caesarean troops, saw Pharsalia flowing with citizen blood. As he was about to plunge the sword into his dying heart, he spoke these words with undaunted voice: ‘Unhappy virtue, prudent only in word - why do you in reality submit to dominating fortune?’

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1.  After the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius became the leaders of the Republican cause. The Caesarean troops, led by Mark Antony and Octavian, Caesar’s heir, defeated them in 42 BC in two battles at Philippi in Macedonia. (Pharsalus in Thessaly was the site of the battle in 48 BC in which Julius Caesar had defeated Pompey in a previous round of the Civil Wars. Pharsalia is here loosely used, as in the Roman poets, to refer to both sites of similar civil conflict.) For Brutus’ suicide after the defeat, see the end of Plutarch’s Life of Brutus.


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