Apologus de rustico et hero.

RUsticus ex Malo sapidissima poma quotannis
Legit, & urbano lecta dedit Domino:
Hic incredibili fructûs dulcedine Captus
Malum ipsam in proprias transtulit areolas.
Hactenus illa ferax, sed longo debilis ævo,[ 5 ]
Mota solo assueto, protinùs aret iners.
Quod tandem ut patuit Domino, spe lusus inani,
Damnavit celeres in sua damna manus.
Atque ait, Heu quantò satius fuit illa Coloni
(Parva licet) grato dona tulisse animo![ 10 ]
Possem Ego avaritiam frœnare, gulamque voracem:
Nunc periere mihi & fœtus & ipsa parens.


Elegiarum Finis.

The Fable of the Peasant and his Landlord

Every year, a peasant picked the most delicious apples from his tree and gave them to his landlord who lived in the city. Amazed with the taste of these apples, the landlord had the tree transplanted to his own city-gardens. The tree which had once been fruitful now became old and barren since it was removed from its accustomed soil. When the landlord finally recognized the cause, he realized his hopes were in vain and cursed himself for such hasty disregard. "Alas," he said, "it would have been much better gratefully to accept my tenant's gifts, small as they were! If only I could have controlled my greed and my voracious appetite! Instead I have lost both the fruit and the tree."


End of the Elegies