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IN DESCISCENTES.

On those who turn traitor

Emblema 139

Quod fine egregios turpi maculaveris orsus.
In noxamque 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.

Notes:

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


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