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Aulx defaillans.

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 rem-
pli ung pot de son laict: en ruant du pied derrie
re le casse: & espand toute la traicte. Ainsi plu-
sieurs ayans commencé quelque bonne entre-
prinse, ou bel ouvrage font sur la fin une lour-
de faulte, qui diffame tout le commencement.
comme Tibere, & Neron feirent en leur em-
pire, allant en pire de jour en jour.


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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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