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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!

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1. áTextual variant: O.

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


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EMBLEMA CXLVI.

Mentem non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

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Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
FabrŔ expolitum invenit humanum caput
Sic eleganter facricatum [=fabricatum] , ut spiritus
Sol¨m deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa c¨m 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!

Das CXLVI.

Das GemŘt ist uber die gestalt.

Ein FŘch▀lin schluff in ein Werckstat
Eins Kunstreichen Bildhauwers drat
Darinn es fandt sch÷n au▀poliert
Eines Menschen Haupt und geziert
Also lieblich da▀ anderst nicht
Mangelt, dann da▀ es war erticht
Und hett kein Geist sonst wer es gsein
Als wer es lebendig und fein
Di▀ das FŘch▀lin in sein FŘ▀ fast
Und hin und wider wol betast
Sprach es, was ist es fŘr ein Kopff
Hat es doch kein Hiren im Schopff?

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1. áTextual variant: ‘O’.

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


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