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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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Fertilite dommageable.

Lhas moy miserable noyer
Suis je pas malheureux de vivre?
Je rends fruict: & pour mon loyer,
Coups de tous coustez on me livre:
La plante qu rien ne delivre,
Na pas tant que moy de douleurs.
Dont voyez que a bienfaict poursuyvre,
Plusieurs augmentent leurs malheurs.


1. áTextual variant - foecunditatem in 1550

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

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