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EMBLEMA CXVIII.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Das CXVIII.

Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
den werden.

Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
So er die hellen Wasser stil
Fischt, und so er sich understeht
Und in die lautern gruben geht
Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
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Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
Also ist auch die Policei nütz
Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
Darben und haben nicht darzu.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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    Contre les riches au dommage public.

    Qui en l’eau claire anguilles veult pescher,
    De perdre temps il se veult empescher:
    Mais s’il la trouble, il emplira ses rhetz.
    Ainsi aulcuns par les loix reserrez
    En temps de paix qui n’hont ung rouge double,
    Riches se font en ung publicque trouble.[1]

    Il n’est que de pescher en eau trouble. (Disent
    les gros larrons, que l’on ne pend pas) Parquoy
    ilz troublent la paix, & tranquillité des Prin-
    ces, & du peuple, pour mieulx piller, & myeulx
    couvrir leurs larrecins.

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    1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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