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CAPTIVUS OB GULAM.

Caught by greed

Regnator poenus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis,
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Quīs teneram opponens[2] barbam falsa ossa momordit
Illa recluserunt[3] tacta repente domum.
Depraensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[4]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. The oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor.

2.  Later editions read apponens.

3.  Textual variant: Ast ea clauserunt.

4.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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Quanto sia dannosa la gola.

How harmful greed is.


Il Topo avezzo a roder le vivande,
Un di mal di mangiar satio e contento
Un’Ostriga trovo capace e grande,
Che a caso tenea aperto il monumento.
Ei v’entra audace, e cerca in quelle bande:
Ella tosto si chiude, e’l serra drento.
Cosi la gola’che meschin condusse,
A perpetua prigion sciocco l’addusse.


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  • Gluttony, Intemperance, 'Gula'; 'Gola', 'Ingordigia', 'Ingordigia overo Aviditą', 'Voracitą' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins [11N35] Search | Browse Iconclass
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