Cambridge Pieces

Author: Samuel Butler

On the Italian Priesthood

This an adaptation of the following epigram, which appeared in Giuseppe Giusti’s RACCOLTA DI PROVERBI TOSCANI (Firenze, 1853)

Con arte e con inganno si vive mezzo l’anno Con inganno e con arte si vive l’altra parte.

In knavish art and gathering gear They spend the one half of the year; In gathering gear and knavish art They somehow spend the other part.


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Chicago: Samuel Butler, "On the Italian Priesthood," Cambridge Pieces, trans. Evans, Sebastian in Cambridge Pieces Original Sources, accessed March 24, 2023,

MLA: Butler, Samuel. "On the Italian Priesthood." Cambridge Pieces, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in Cambridge Pieces, Original Sources. 24 Mar. 2023.

Harvard: Butler, S, 'On the Italian Priesthood' in Cambridge Pieces, trans. . cited in , Cambridge Pieces. Original Sources, retrieved 24 March 2023, from