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In desciscentes.

On those who turn traitor

Emblema cxl.

Quod fine egregios turpi maculaveris orsus,
In noxámque tuum verteris officium:
Fecisti, quod capra, sui mulctralia lactis
Cum ferit, & proprias calce profundit opes.[1]

Because you have spoilt your fine beginnings with a shameful end and turned your service into harm, you have done what the she-goat does when she kicks the bucket that holds her milk and with her hoof squanders her own riches.

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CUm quispiam toto fermè curriculo aetatis pru-
denter probéque se gesserit, & in extrema sene-
ctute, vel etiam post praeclarè facta flagitium ali-
quod admittit, efficit quod capra, quae mulctram
suo plenam lacte dispergit. Id petitum è prover-
bio, Capra Scyria.

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Contre ceux qui s’oublient.

Tu avois fort bien commencé,
Et t’estois desja avancé,
Mais ta fin en est fort diverse:
Ainsi comme la Chevre fait,
Qui le pot remply de son laict
Du pied respand & le renverse.

QUand un personage tout le long de sa
vie s’est comporté prudemment & sans
reproche, & luy atteint de vieillesse, ou apres
avoir fait beaucoup d’actes d’homme de
vertu, se vient à oublier, & faire quelque
mauvais pas de clerc, il fait comme la che-
vre, qui apres avoir emply la potee de laict,
donne une ruade & le renverse par terre. Ce
qui est prins du Proverbe, Capra Scyria.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 920 (Capra Syria), where the goat - of Syros, in the Aegean, not Scyros (as in the commentary here) - is wild.



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