[Mutalingua ot Jacint]
The Duration of Life
[Translated by D. L. Ashliman]
Andro pasoteleeks, sed ne beni. Andro bio prona sepdeka anu. Trideka uni es anumulti andro ot ili, ilis paso belo: ili es sani, beni, ergo kon alegro e alegro in bio ot ili. Temna sekuen dekaokta anu ot joa: andro resep kargomulti uni poste omone, ili obliga porti sereal, antropmulti omone fag na, batalmulti e sineantemulti es kompense ot ili. Poste aribe dekabi anu ot kani, ili resta in gonimulti, logobelne e ne abe plus dentimulti pro morse. Temkia tem dis paso, aribe deka anu fini ot simi: andro, sofine e moros, es mok per infanmulti.
Thus man lives seventy years. The first thirty are his human years, and they quickly disappear. Here he is healthy and happy; he works with pleasure, and enjoys his existence. The donkey's eighteen years follow. Here one burden after the other is laid on him; he carries the grain that feeds others, and his faithful service is rewarded with kicks and blows. Then come the dog's twelve years, and he lies in the corner growling, no longer having teeth with which to bite. And when this time is past, the monkey's ten years conclude. Now man is weak headed and foolish; he does silly things and becomes a laughingstock for children.