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Che le cose male acquistate mal se ne vanno.

Things achieved in bad ways disappear in bad ways/Evil won, and lost.


L’edace Nibio, mentre il troppo cibo
Rece, dice a la madre, oime che fuori
M’escon l’interiora: & ella, figlio
Non pensar che sia tuo ciò che furato
Hai de l’altrui, onde con fiere tempre
Il ventre t’empi, e ti satolli sempre.


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MALE PARTA MALE DILA-
buntur.[1]

Ill gotten, ill spent

Emblema 127

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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