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EX DAMNO ALTERIUS, AL-
terius utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

Emblema 124.

Dum saevis ruerent in mutua vulnera telis,
Ungue Leaena ferox, dente timendus aper,
Accurrit vultur spectatum, & prandia captat:
Gloria victoris, praeda futura sua est.[1]

While a lioness, vicious in claw, and a boar, fearsome for its tusks, were setting upon each other, inflicting mutual wounds with their savage weapons, a vulture hurried up to watch, lurking in expectation of a meal. The victor’s glory will belong to the one that gets the spoil.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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