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Alius peccat, alius plectitur.

One sins and another is punished

Emblema clxxiiii.

Arripit ut lapidem catulus, morsuque fatigat,
Nec percussori mutua damna facit:
Sic plerique sinunt veros elabier hosteis.
Et quos nulla gravat noxia, dente petunt.[1]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.

PLerique sunt qui cm non possint iis inferre no-
xam quibus se laesos putant, ut acceptam iniu-
riam ulciscantur, alios adoriuntur nihim meritos, non
secus ac canis in lapidem saeviens, quod dicitur pro-
verbio.

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L’un fait le mal, l’autre en porte
la peine.

COmme le chien la pierre mord,
Et celuy point ne s’addresse
Dont il auroit receu du tort,
Mais grondant, aller il le laisse:
De mesme, ceux qui font l’offence
Aucuns ne s’attaquent jamais,
Ains de rage & impatience
Se prennent qui n’en peust mais.

AUcuns sont de ceste nature, que ne
pouvans porter nuisance ceux dont
ils pensent avoir receu quelque fascherie,
pour se vanger de l’injure receu, ils se pren-
nent d’autres qui n’ont en rien meffait,
ainsi comme le chien qui mort la pierre jet-
tee, jouxte le proverbe commun.

Notes:

1. Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.


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