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Tousjours malheur est prest.

Jadis jouoient d’ung eage trois pucelles,
Laquelle iroit premiere à mort, d’icelles:
L’une rioit, qui heut la pire chance,
Du sort futur ne voyant la meschance.
Soubdain sur elle une tuylle tomba,
Et du fol jeu, le destine paya.
Jamais malheur ne fault, soit bon, ou jeu:
Mais à bon heur, priere, & main n’ha lieu.[1]

Ceste histoire de chose advenue par cas d’adventure: tesmoi-
gne, que soit à bon, soit à jeu: plus promptement advient ma-
lheur, que bon heur. Et pource tout bon raciocinateur doibt
mettre les choses attendues au pis: pour mieulx avoir.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.158.


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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.

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1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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