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Quod non capit Christus, ra-
pit fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

LXII.

Exprimit humentes quas iam madefecerat antè
Spongiolas, cupidi Principis arcta manus.
Provehit ad summum fures quos deinde 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.

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COMMENTARIA.

Princeps avarus, quemadmodum iam nunc
madefactam atque inflatam spongiam iterum
premendo exiccat, sic etiam postquam fures
illos aulicos praesertim ad amplas divitias
pervexit, iterum denique eos coërcet ac punit,
ut eorum malè parta in fiscum suum conver-
tantur. Nunc mirum si (ut Iureconsulti di-
cunt) fiscus semper dives praesumatur.

Notes:

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


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