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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[n3r p197]

Bonis auspiciis incipien-
dum.

Begin with good auspices

XXIIII.

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quidquid agis, mustela tibi si occurrat, omitte:
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava gerit. [1]

A business begun with bad auspices cannot turn out well. Things done with good omens bring happiness. Whatever you are doing, if a weasel crosses your path, abandon it. This evil creature bears signs of ill luck.

Notes:

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


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    Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[L3v p166]

    Que mal se logra lo mal ganado.[1]

    TERCETOS.

    Un comedor milano vomitava
    Aquello de que antes se avia enchido,[2]
    Y que echava sus tripas se quexava.
    Amansale su madre aquel quexido
    Diziendo que porque suyas pensava
    Las tripas ser que de otro avia comido.

    Notes:

    1.The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

    2.The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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