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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

EMBLEMA CXXIIII.

Aeriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma:
Cùm ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, Nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam te,
Protinus adveniet, quae malè perdet, hiems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.


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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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