La scimmia e l’uccellino

 

 

di Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

Trovando la scimia un nidio di piccioli uccelli, tutta allegra appressatasi a quelli, e quali essendo già da volare, ne potè solo pigliare il minore.

Essendo piena di allegrezza, con esso in mano se n’andò al suo ricetto; e cominciato a considerare questo uccelletto, lo cominciò a baciare; e per lo isvecerato amore, tanto lo baciò e rivolse e strinse ch’ella gli tolse la vita.

È detta per quelli che, per non gastigare i figlioli, capitano mal

 

The monkey and the hatchling

 

 

by Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

A monkey once found a nest of hatchlings in a tree. He was so happy that he rushed up to get a better look.

Frightened by his exuberance, the little birds, who had already learned to fly, took flight. Only one remained, the youngest.

The monkey was so excited that he grabbed the tiny bird and carried it off with him.

He adored the tiny creature and started to kiss it and to hug it and his adoration led to the poor bird’s death.

The same thing can be said of parents who, refusing to punish their children, lose them to vice.

 

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

Leonardo’s work can be found here: http://www.liberliber.it/libri/l/leonardo/index.php

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