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De la vida humana.


Llora Heraclito si llorar solias,
Que mas ay que llorar aora en la vida.
Democrito, si alguna vez reias
Aora rie, que mas està perdida.
Mientras mas miro, mas con vos barrunto
Como podre reyr y llorar junto.[1]


1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A49a165]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.

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