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MENTEM NON FORMAM
plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabre expolitum invenit humanum caput.
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solum deesset, caeteris vivesceret,
Id illa cum sumpsisset in manus ait,
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: O.

2.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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Le Riche nonsavant.

Phrixus monté sur le mouton doré
Passe la mer joyeux, & asseuré.
D. Qui est celluy? R. Ung riche homme follet,
Qu’a son plaisir conduict femme, ou valet.[1]

La Poësie dict que l’enfant Phrixus passa la mer Hel
lesponticque
sur ung mouton ŕ toison d’or, qui le portoit
ŕ son vouloir. Le mouton est la plus simple, & sotte beste
du monde: mais ayant bonne robe, & bien vestu. L’or de-
note richesse, l’enfant jeunesse, & service. Parquoy Phrixus
porté par la mer sur ung mouton d’or, represente la fem
me, ou le serviteur qui gouverne ŕ sa volunté, son mary
ou son seigneur, sot & riche.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.


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