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IN MOMENTANEAM
foelicitatem.

Transitory success

Aëriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, nimium brevis est haec gloria, nam te
Protinus adveniet, quae male perdat[1] hyems.

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.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: perdet.


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Louange non louable.

Oultre esperance avoit Antiochus,[1]
A peu de gens les Galathes vincuz:
Ses elephans par leur trompe ayans mis
Tous les chevaulx à mort, des ennemis.
Parquoy paignant l’Elephant en trophée,
Nous estions mors (dist il à son armée)
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K5r p153]Si ne nous heust saulvéz celle orde beste.
Victoire est bonne, & si n’est pas honneste.

Utilité bien souvent est praeferée à hon-
nesteté, & le profict à l’honneur, mesme
en faict de guerre, ou l’on ne regarde
sinon à obtenir victoire soit par proues-
se, ou par astuce, par vaillance, ou par
machine.

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1.  For this incident, see Lucian, Zeuxis sive Antiochus 8-11. In 276 BC Antiochus I won against fearful odds by directing his sixteen elephants against the Galatian horsemen and scythed chariots. Not only did the horses turn in panic and cause chaos among their own infantry, but the elephants came on behind, tossing, goring and trampling. Although he had won an overwhelming victory, Antiochus did not consider it a matter for congratulation.


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