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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I5r as I4 p137]

Ex damno alterius, alterius utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

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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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M6r p187]

Il faut commencer par bon encon-
tre.

XXIIII.

Qui bien commence, à bonne fin il vient:
Commençans mal, tout malheur nous advient.
La belette est de fort mauvais presage:
La rencontrant, quitte tout, si es sage.[1]

Commentaires.

Qui bien commence, a faict la moitié de sa beson-
gne. Il faut bien commencer, & bien poursuyvre, jus-
qu’à ce que nous soyons parvenus à une heureuse fin.
Qui fait autrement, à grand’ peine parvient-il jamais
où il desire. La belette, le lievre, & plusieurs autres
semblables animaux, ont tousjours esté tenus pour
malencontreux. Qui voudra voir les estranges dan-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M6v p188] gers & calamités qu’ont encouru ceux qui ont me-
sprisé tels prognostics, qu’il lise Valere le Grand.

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1.  For the weasel as a creature of ill omen, see Erasmus, Adagia, 173, (Mustelam habes).


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