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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 fault tout quand Belete on rencontre:
Car celle beste apporte malencontre.[1]

Les superstitieux n’entreprennent rien, en
maulvaise rencontre, ou caeleste, ou terrestre,
disans que c’est malheur de rencontrer ung
moyne, ou une vieille pissante, ce que ilz
veullent 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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    EMBLEMA CXCI [=190] .

    Nihil reliqui.

    Nothing left

    Scilicet hoc deerat, post tot mala denique nostris
    Locustae ut raperent, quicquid inesset agris.[1]
    Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas:
    Qualia non Atilae, castrave Xerxis erant.[3]
    Hae foenum, milium, farra[4] omnia consumpserunt:
    Spes & in angusto est, stant nisi vota super.

    This was all it needed - that after so many misfortunes, finally locusts should seize whatever was in our fields. We have seen countless squadrons encamped, led by Eurus, hosts such as Attila and Xerxes never had. These creatures have eaten up all hay, millet and barley. There is little scope for hope unless our prayers prevail.

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    Das CXCI [=190] .

    Alls verthon, nichts ubrigs.

    Ich hör wol es hat an dem gfelt
    Daß die Heuwschrecken unser Feld
    Auffressen und blündertens Land
    Nach soviel unglück das wir hand
    Erlitten, wir haben gesehn
    Das der Ostwind her hat thon wehn
    Ein grössern hauffen den ghabt hat
    Der Azel oder Xerxes drat
    Die haben alles Heuw und dweid
    Auffgefressen den Hirsch und das Gtreid
    Die hoffnung wir jetzt haben klein
    Nichts ubrigs dann das gbet allein.

    Notes:

    1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2 (as in the commentary).

    2.  Eurus was the wind from the East.

    3.  Attila the Hun and Xerxes, King of Persia, were leaders who invaded the Roman Empire and Greece with vast armies in mid fifth century AD and 480 BC respectively. Xerxes’ invasion and Attila’s first invasion both came from the east.

    4.  Variant reading: corda, ‘later crops’.


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