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Sur l’Ypsilon de Pythagoras.[1]

Pythagoras Philosophe d’esprit,
Vice & vertu soubs l’Ypsilon comprit,
Le trac de vice en val ses suyvans meine,
Cil de vertu les conduit en la plaine.

Notes:

1.  i.e. the Greek capital upsilon, said by some to have been introduced from the Phoenician to the Greek alphabet by Pythagoras; the Pythagorean symbolism of the letter was that it represented a fork in the road, or a choice (at adolescence) between vice and virtue (cf. the choice of Hercules); see also Erasmus, Adagia, 1.1.2; the upsilon can also be compared with the Christian choice as in Matthew 7:13-14. See Boissard, La fin couronne l’oeuvre ([FBOa006]).



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