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In fertilitatem[1] sibi ipsi damnosam.

Fruitfulness bringing its own destruction


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.[2]

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.

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Fruchbarkeyt yer selbs schedlich.


Wie ste ich Nußbaum hye so kalt
Mit steck unnd stainn von allen plagt,
Fur wolthat gschicht mier schmach und gwalt,
Nicht ist an mier das sich nit klagt:
Ein baum der gantz kayn frucht nit tragt
Stet unverletzt in freyen veld,
Sih wie im mancher layd erjagt,
Der nutzt und frumbt der gantzen welt.


1.  Textual variant: ‘foecunditatem’.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.

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