restricted access How the Animals Came Into this World

From: The Cento

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67 ALEX CIGALE How the Animals Came Into this World When he comes, the moon asks him “Who are you?” One answer passes muster: “I am you.” He who answers not becomes rain, falls down and is born again as a worm or moth, fish or bird, lion or a boar or snake, or as a tiger, or as a person. Men will not accept limit to their lives, believe their pleasures should be limitless, make their lives lethal grasping after wealth, 68 worry so about what they think they need they never enjoy what they already have. The real folly is their fear of death. Men are asleep: when they die they awaken. Keep these words, constant, foremost in your thoughts, your hourly mantra: My health. It comes first. ...


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