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Qui alta contemplantur cadere.

Those who contemplate the heights come to grief


Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,
Et iacta altivolam figit harundo gruem,
Dipsada non prudens auceps pede perculit: ultrix
Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore iacit.
Sic obit, extento qui sydera respicit arcu,
Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes.[1]

While he tricks thrushes with bird-lime, larks with snares, while his speeding shaft pierces the high-flying crane, the careless bird-hunter steps on a snake; avenging the injury, it spits the darting venom from its jaws. So he dies, a man who gazes at the stars with bow at the ready, oblivious of the mishap lying before his feet.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3r p181]

Qui hault regarde, peult tumber.


L’oiseleur aux latz travaillant,
Au gluz, & l’arc, pour oyseaux prendre
Estoit contre le ciel veillant:
Si marcha sur le serpent tendre:
Lors tost morsure luy sceut rendre.
Ainsi l’arc en hault bandé meurt.
Et tel veult haulx cas entreprendre,
Qui devant soy, a l’extreme heurt.


1.  See Anthologia graeca 7.172 and Aesop, Fables 137.

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