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Quod non capit Christus,
rapit fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

Exprimit humentes, quas iam madefecerat antè
Spongiolas, cupidi Principis arcta manus.
Provehit ad summum fures: quos déinde coërcet,
Vertat ut in fiscum quae malè parta suum.[1]

The dripping sponges which he had previously filled with moisture the tight hand of a greedy prince is wringing out. He advances thieves to the top and then puts pressure on them, so that he may divert to his own treasury their ill-gotten gains.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Suetonius, Life of the Deified Vespasian 16.


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