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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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    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.

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


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