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A bon heur fault commencer.

Chose entreprinse à malheur, ne vault rien,
Mais commencée à bon heur, vient à bien.
Laisser faut tout quand Belete on rencontre:
Car celle beste apporte malencontre.[1]

Les superstitieux n’entreprennent rien, en
mauvaise rencontre, ou celeste, ou terrestre,
disans que c’est malheur de rencontrer un
moyne, ou une vieille pissante, ce que ilz
veulent estre entendu par la Belete, beste de
mauvaise rencontre, selon les livres des
Augures.

Notes:

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


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    Male parta male dila-
    buntur.[1]

    Ill gotten, ill spent

    XIII.

    Miluus edax,[2] nimiae quem nausea torserat escae,
    Hei mihi mater ait viscera ab ore fluunt.
    Illa autem, quid fles? cur haec tua viscera credas,
    Qui rapto vivens sola aliena vomis?

    A voracious kite, which had eaten too much, was racked with vomiting. ‘O dear, mother’, it said, ‘entrails are pouring out of my mouth.’ She however replied: ‘What are you crying about? Why do you think these are your entrails? You live by plunder and vomit only what belongs to others.’

    Notes:

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

    2.  ‘A voracious kite’. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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