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La perte de l’ung, est le profict de l’aultre.

Ung fier Lyon, & ung Sanglier frendent
Faisoient mortel combat à 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 à l’aultre, & du
Turc, qui ce pendant regardant le debat,
prent le fruict de leur perte, usurpant tous-
jours sur la Chrestienne Europe.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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EMBLEMA CLXXXVI [=185] .

Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

Auspiciis res cepta malis, bene cedere nescit,
Felici quae sunt omine facta iuvant.
Quicquid agis, mustella 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.

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Das CLXXXVI [=185] .

Man sol alle ding mit Glück an-
fahen.

Die sach so hat ein bösn anfang
Kan nicht haben ein guten gang
So aber ein gut zeichn erstlich
Erscheint, geraht es gern glücklich
Was du anfachst so dir bekompt
Ein Wisel so laß ab zu stund
Dann diß unzifer gwiß bedeut
Das nicht vil glück sey in der beut.

Notes:

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


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