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IDEM AGIT IDEM.

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Tuque genethliacas solers quadrare tabellas,

Felix natalis necne sit hora, doces;
Quo junctum affectu fuerit cum sidere sidus,

Quo, legis, aspectu res hominesque regat.
Tuque etiam, interpres fatorum, et nuncius astris,

Callidus æthereas es reserare domos.
Quem meritis fortuna tuis indulsit honorem,

O adeo illustri digne minister hero !
Quis non in videat frater tibi muneris illud ?

Quis tua non laudet sidera φιλομαθής ?
Cum musis musæ famulantur, et artibus artes,

Majori (ut fas est) obsequiosa minor ;
Nec melior lex est, nec convenientior æquo,

Quam siet astronomo servus ut astrologus.

IDEM AGIT IDEM.

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FELICULA ad speculum saltu lascivit herile,

Lascivam saltu feliculamque videt.
Nigra videt nigram; bicolor naso, bicolorem ;

Glaucaque torquentem lumina, glanca tueng.

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SIMILE AGIT IN SINILE.

Et sociam ad fusus lentæ incurvamine cauda

Provocat, et lepidi mobilitate pedis. Utraque utramque lacessit, et utraque palpat utram

que;

Et molle oppositos explicat unguiculos.
Jam tumet in tergum, et simulatas expuit iras ;

Et tumret, et similés expuit umbra minas.
Quænam hæc sit, mima unde sui tam mimica, quærit

Felis, an in specalo, post specalúmne, siet. Te quoque, præsentem præsens, quam quæris et illa

Quærit, an in specalo, post speculumné, sies, Alterutra alterutram quæritque et decipit ; idque

Feliculæ facitis, quod facis una, duæ.

SIMILE AGIT IN SIMILE.

CRISTATUS, pictisque ad Thaida psittacus alis,

Missus ab Eoo munüs amante venit. Ancillis mandat primam formare loquelain;

Archididascaliæ dat sibi Thais opus.

SIMILE AGIT IN SIMILE.

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Psittace, ait Thais, fingitque sonantia molle

Basia, quæ docilis molle refingit avis.
Jam captat, jam dimidiat tyrunculus ; et jam

Integrat auditos articulatque sonos.
Psittace mi pulcher pulchelle, hera dicit alumno ;

Psittace mi pulcher, reddit alumnus heræ.
Jamque canit, ridet, deciesque ægrotat in hora,

Et vocat ancillas nomine quamque suo.
Multaque scurratur mendax, et multa jocatur,

Et lepido populum detinet augurio.
Nunc tremulum illudit fratrem, qui suspicit, et pol!

Carnalis, quisquis te docet, inquit, homo 'est';'
Argutæ nunc stridet anus argutulus instar ;

Respicit et nebulo es, quisquis es, inquit anus. Quando fuit melior tyro, meliorve magistra !

Quando duo ingeniis tam coiere pares ! Ardua discenti nulla est, res nulla docenti

Ardua ; cum doceat fæmina, discat avis.

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THE PARROT.

TRANSLATED BY COWPER.

IN painted plumes superbly drest,
A native of the gorgeous east,

By many a billow tost ;
Poll gains at length the British shore,
Part of the captain's precious store,

A present to his toast.

Belinda's maids are soon preferr'd
To teach him now and then a word,

As Poll can master it ;
But 'tis her own important charge
To qualify him more at large,

And make him quite a wit.

Sweet Poll! his doating mistress cries,
Sweet Poll ! the mimic bird replies,

And calls aloud for sack,
She next instructs him in the kiss,
'Tis now a little one like miss,

And now a hearty smack.

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At first he aims at what he hears
And listening close with both his ears,

Just catc. es at the sound ;
But soon articulates a loud,
Much to ch' amusement of the crowd,

And stuns the neighbours round.

A querulous old woman's voice
His humorous talent next employs,

He scolds and gives the lie ;
And now he sings, and now is sick,
Here Sally, Susan, come, come quick,

Poor Poll is like to die.

Belinda and her bird ! 'tis rare
To meet with such a well match'd pair, .

The language and the tone,
Each character in every part
Sustaip'd with so much grace and art, ,

And both in unison.

When children first begin to spell
And stammer out a syllable,

We think them tedious creatures ;
But difficulties soon abate,
When birds are to be taught to prate,

And women are the teachers..

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