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Ex damno alterius utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

XII.

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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    Proffit vient souvent du dommage
    d’autruy.

    XII.

    Tandis que le lion, espouvantable & fier,
    Combattoit acharné encontre le sanglier,
    Le vautour y accourt, & seul obtient la proye
    Pendant que le vainqueur de sa victoire a joye.[1]

    Commentaires.

    La fable d’Esope, qui est du lion, de l’ours, & du
    renard, est de mesme argument que cest embleme. Sans
    doute Alciat a voulu par cest embleme censurer les
    guerres, & mauvais desseings qui sont ordinairement
    entre les Princes Chrestiens. Divisions qui ont tous-
    jours accreu la domination du Turc, & reculé la
    reformation de l’Eglise, au grand deshonneur de la
    Chrestienté. J’estime que cest embleme a esté compo-
    sé durant les miserables & funestes guerres d’entre
    le grand Roy François & l’Empereur Charles cin-
    quieme.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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