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Mentem non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

XLVIII.

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabrë expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solùm deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa cùm 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!

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G6r p107]

Le Sens plus requis que Beaulté.

XLVIII.

Une teste faicte de marbre,
Fut ung jour de Regnart trouvée,
En passant par dessoubz ung arbre,
Laquelle il eust tantost levée:
Voicy teste bien achevée,
Dist il, & d’ung art moult nouveau:
Mais elle est en ung poinct grevée,
Car elle n’a poinct de cerveau.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: O.

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


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