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tetrastichon.

Muribus innatum est, Naturae munere quodam,
Ut fugiant, quum sit iam ruitura domus:
Fictus adulator si Principis aula ruinam
Iam timeat, propero sic fugit usque pede.

There is an instinct in mice, a kind of natural gift, that they run away when they feel the house will fall. So the hypocritical flatterer, if he already fears his prince’s house will fall, runs away always with hurried feet.

quatrain.

Le Rat cognoit des maysons la ruyne,
Avant que vienne, & promptement s’enfuyt:
Quand le flateur voit que le Roydecline,
La chance tourne, & plus il ne le suyt.


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