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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 86

Against misers

Septitius, the richest of them all, no old man has vaster lands than he. He's denied himself both his own enjoyment and prepared his table; he devours nothing but beets and tough turnips. With what shall I compare this man, whom wealth makes poor? Why not an ass? Yes, that's it! That's what he resembles! For an ass bears on its back costly victuals. He's a pauper who feeds himself on brambles and tough reeds.