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Quod non capit Christus, rapit fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

Emblema cxlvii.

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.

EX Suetonio in FlavioVespasiano Is Procurato-
rum rapacissimum quemque ad ampliora officia
ex industria solitus promovere, quo locupletiores
mox condemnaret: quibus quidem vulgò pro spon-
giis dicebatur uti, quòd quasi & siccos madeface-
ret, & exprimeret humentes. Haec ille.

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Ce que Christ ne prend, le fisc l’attrape.

LE Prince avare & fort tenant
Serre l’esponge maintenant,
Qu’il avoit de main allongee
Dedans l’eau largement plongee.
Car il advance les preneurs,
Et les plusgrands entrepreneurs,
Puis il les punit & confisque
Tout cela, dont par leur pratique
Ils s’estoyent desmesurément
Voulus enfler iniquement.

CEcy est de Suetone, en la vie de
Flave Vespasian. Cest empereur coustumiere-
ment employoit tout expres aux grandes
charges ceux qu’il cognoissoit estre addon-
nez à prendre & ravir, afin qu’apres qu’ils se
seroient faicts riches, il les condamnast tout
à l’instant: desquels à ce qu’il disoit en devis
commun, il usoit comme d’esponges, amo-
lissant & trempant ceux qui estoient secs, &
serrant ou pressant les humides. Ainsi parle
Suetone.

Notes:

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


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