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Begin with good auspices

Emblema 125.

Auspiciis res caepta malis bene cedere nescit,
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quicquid agis, mustella tibi si occurrat, ommitte [=omitte] :
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava[1] gerit.[2]

A business begun with bad auspices cannot turn out well. Things done with good omens bring happiness. Whatever you are doing, if a weasel crosses your path, abandon it. This evil creature bears signs of ill luck.


1.  Corrected from the Errata.

2.  For the weasel as a creature of ill omen, see Erasmus, Adagia, 173, (Mustelam habes).

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