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Aux defaillans.[1]

Apostrophe.

Diffamé has entrée bonne, & haulte
Par fin mauvaise: & mis debvoir en faulte.
Comme une Chievre au laict son pot rompant,
Du pied dernier ses propres biens respand.

Comme quelque fois une chievre ayant remply un pot de
son laict: en ruant du pied derriere le casse: & espand toute la
traicte. Ainsi plusieurs ayans commencé quelque bonne en-
treprinse, ou bel ouvrage font sur la fin une lourde faulte, qui
diffame tout le commencement. Comme Tibere, & Neron
feirent en leur empire, allant en pire de jour en jour.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.


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In desciscentes.

On those who turn traitor

Quòd fine egregios turpi maculaveris orsus,
In noxamque tuum verteris officium,
Fecisti, quod capra, sui mulctaria [=mulctraria] lactis
Cum ferit, & proprias calce profundit opes.[1]

Because you have spoilt your fine beginnings with a shameful end and turned your service into harm, you have done what the she-goat does when she kicks the bucket that holds her milk and with her hoof squanders her own riches.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 920 (Capra Syria), where the goat - of Syros, in the Aegean, not Scyros - is wild.


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