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AERE QUANDOQUE SA-
lutem redimendam.

Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

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Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
Mordicus ipse sibi medicata virilia vellit,
Atque abiicit, sese gnarus ob illa peti,
Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus,
Et vitam ut redimas hostibus aera dare.[1]

Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

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1. áThis is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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Sopra i Parasiti.

On Parasites.


Gli Astici, che per far al ricco honore
Porta l’huom, che polito e ornato vedi.
Son conformi al goloso Adulatore,
Lungo hanno il corpo, e aguzze branche e piedi,
Gliocchi vivaci e aperti a tutte l’hore:
Cosi Ŕ ripieno, e par che sempre chiedi
Il ventre loro; e ne conviti vanno
Mordendo ognuno, e sempre accorti stanno.


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