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NON NOBIS NATI.

NOT FOR OURSELVES BORN

Mel Homo cum caera rapit ex alvearibus ipsis
In disco longi fertque laboris opus.
Mel homini, caerámque Diis alvearia fingunt.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi sed domino serit, & metit arva colonus.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi, sed domino premit ustam vinitor uvam.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi, sed domino carpit sator arbore fructus.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi patronus, sed novit iura clienti.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G1v p98]Non sibi, sed Regi miles gerit arma: tamen si
Occidit in bellis: occidit ipse sibi.
Nec sibi (cùm superat) vincit. pro principe vincit.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi praescribunt Medici sumenda, sed aegris:
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi, sed populo cantant sua carmina vates.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi docti homines scribunt, sed posteritati.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Non sibi, sed cunctis opifex sua in arte laborat.
Sic vos non vobis Mellificatis apes.
Ad nullos minus, ac autores pervenit acti
Fructus, vivit, agit denique nemo sibi.

A man steals the waxen honeycomb from its hollow hive and carries off long labour’s work on a tray. The hives make honey for man, and wax for the gods: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves! The peasant does not sow and reap the fields for himself, but for his lord: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. The winemaker does not press the sunburnt grape for himself, but for his lord: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. The planter does not harvest the fruit from the tree for himself, but for his lord: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Not for himself the lawyer learns the law, but for his client: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Not for himself, but for his king does the soldier bear arms: but if he dies in battle, he dies for himself. Nor does he win, if he wins, in his own name: he wins for the prince. So you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Nor should doctors take what they prescribe, but the sick: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Not for himself, but for the people does the poet sing his lyric songs: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Not for themselves do the learned write, but for posterity: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves. Not for himself does every worker toil in his craft: so you, bees, yourselves make honey: but not for yourselves! No one enjoys the fruits of his labour less than the one who works. In the end, no one lives for himself.



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