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In coloro, che lodano le cose, che non meritano laude.

On those who praise things that do not deserve praise.


Con poca essendo e male armata gente
Ruppe Antiocho più torme, c’havea inanti:
Non già perche foss’ei troppo possente,
Ma per aiuto sol de gli Helephanti.
Onde fatto un Thropheo, subitamente
A un Pittor, che teneva i primi vanti,
Fe dipinger la bestia: e disse, quanto
Fu il vincer buon, me ne vergogno tanto.


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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

EMBLEMA CXXIIII.

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

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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