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This is a sculpture situated at the base of the southern spire of Chartres Caathedral. Boethius translated the Latin Fable « A donkey saw a lyre lying in a field … It’s bad luck if  talent is wasted »  by a moral :  « Let us not exagerate our talents ».  Many versions of this donkey exist on cathedrals. 

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This is a sculpture situated at the base of the southern spire of Chartres Caathedral. Boethius translated the Latin Fable « A donkey saw a lyre lying in a field … It’s bad luck if talent is wasted » into a moral : « Let us not exagerate our talents ». The Abbot Villette gives a more religious interpretation in keeping with Chartres : « O Mankind, seems to say the Donkey, « Don’t be like me who found a lyre and can’t play it. Learn to listen to this cathedral which is celestial music and which can transform your life ». On cathedrals many versions of this donkey exist. The one at Chartres is the most representative.

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