Nicholas Copernicus Minor Works by Pawel Czartoryski (eds.)

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Some day you too will be affected. For, the misfortunes of those who have suffered injury often recoil upon those who inflicted the injury. 10. Ethical. From HERMAGORAS to SOSIPATER You bemoan your poverty very disgracefully, I hear, and revile wealth because it is held inequitably by people, being easily acquired by some as their own possession, but unobtainable by others, as if Nature were ill-disposed to mankind in this respect. For if the sun shines equally on human beings and a supply of fire is instantly available to everybody, 1 why then, you ask, has Nature put gold so sparingly 2 at the disposition of people, and imparted3 to those who dwell beneath the moon so contentious' a gift from which man's worst misfortunes arise?

If they see that a foal lacks a teat and the mother is far away, 1 any one of them nurses the foal. For they do not forget their own species and, with a single purpose2 and no ill will, they do their nursing as though having3 to do with their own true descendant. They were granted this trait by Nature, for they were not coerced by a law of Solon [the famous Athenian lawgiver]. Now I shall apply this discourse to you. You scorn your brother's son as he roams from door to door, clad in most wretched rags.

Chmiel. aa Liber diligentiarum, pp. 13, 16, 19, 23, 24, 26. 11 Acta rectoralia almas uni'Uersitatis studii cractnJisnsis, I (Cracow, 1893), p. 321, no. 1464; pp. 371-372, no. 1665-1667, ed. W. Wislocki. 17 Gustav Bauch, "Laurentius Corvinus, der Breslauer Stadtschreiber und Humanist," Zeitst;hri/t des Vereins /tlr Geschichte und Alterthum Schlesiens, 1883, 17:230-302; 1898, 32:390-391; here, 32:391, 17:248. , p. 261. 11 See Copernicus' Scholastry, under Administrative Documents, below. X, n u 0~------------~ lOOkm 4 1.

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