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In desciscentes.

On those who turn traitor

XI.

Qud fine egregios turpi maculaveris orsus,
In noxamque tuum verteris officium,
Fecisti, quod capra, sui mulctraria lactis
Cm 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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    La perte de l’ung, est le profict de l’aultre.

    Ung fier Lyon, & ung Sanglier frendent
    Faisoient mortel combat gryphe, & dent.
    Le vaultour vint les veoir: & en print joye:
    Car l’ung ou l’aultre occis, sera sa proye.[1]

    Cecy semble estre dict des Princes Chre-
    stiens, faisans la guerre l’ung l’aultre, & du
    Turc, qui ce pendant regardant le debat, prent
    le fruict de leur perte, usurpant tousjours sur
    la Crestienne Europe.

    Notes:

    1. Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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