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Pediatric Biographies
September 1932

ANTON DU SAI X 1505-1579

Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(3):593-597. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950100110012

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A rare pediatric item, but one to be found in both the British Museum and the Bibliothéque Nationale, is "L'esperon de discipline pour inciter les humains aux bonnes lettres" by Anton du Saix, or Dussaix as it is sometimes given. The author was born at Bourg-en-Bresse in 1505, and died there in 1579. Little is known of him except that he was chaplain to the Duke of Savoy.

One may surmise that he strayed from the straight and narrow path, for he left a little poem as follows:

  • Qui va a' son plaisir,

  • Il va a' sa douleur:

  • S'en repent a loysir,

  • Et change de couleur

  • Le monde et sa valeur

  • N'est pour bien repute

  • Toujours un grand malheur

  • Vient apres volupte.

This may be freely rendered as follows:

  • Who goes after pleasure,

  • Arrives at sorrow:

  • He repents at leisure,

  • And on the morrow

  • For world and its

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