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In foecunditatem sibi ipsi damnosam.

Fruitfulness bringing its own destruction

EMBLEMA CXCIII.

Ludibrium pueris lapides iacientibus, hoc me
In trivio posuit rustica cura nucem:
Quae laceris ramis, perstrictoque ardua libro,
Certatim fundis per latus omne petor.
Quid sterili posset contingere turpius? Eheu
Infelix, fructus in mea damna fero.[1]

A countryman’s care placed me, a nut tree, at this cross-roads, where I am the butt of stone-throwing boys. I have grown tall, but my branches are broken, my bark bruised, I am attacked with sling-stones, competing on every side. What worse fate could befall a barren tree? Alas, cursed tree that I am, I bear fruit to my own destruction.

Notes:

1. áThis is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.


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