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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 deinde cohercet,
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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Ce qui nest a Christ, est au fisc

Quandt lesponge est pleine de humeurs,
Lon lestrainct pour luy faire rendre:
Comme il se faict a ces humeurs,
Quon trouve trop scavans a prandre,
Avant que ung larron gaigne a pendre,
Il acquiert pour sa mort dresser:
Affin que sil y fault despendre.
Lon sen puisse recompenser.
Ainsi quant il y fault despendre,
Lon trouve a sen recompenser.


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

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