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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?

Notes:

1. áTextual variant: ‘O’.

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


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