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Contre ceux qui forlignent.

XI.

Ayant bien commencé quand finis meschamment,
Gastant mal à propos si bon commencement,
Comme la chevre fais, qui du pied a perdu
Et versé tout le laict qu’elle avait bien rendu.[1]

Commentaires.

Ce n’est pas tout de bien commencer, si on ne con-
tinue la mesme piste jusqu’au dernier souspir de sa
vie. Ce qu’Ezechiel nous apprend au 18 chapitre
de sa prophetie, & que nous voyons aussi en infinis
exemples, tant és escrits profanes, que sacrés, & no-
tamment en ce qui est dit de Cresus & de Solon, qui
ne jugeoit point qu’un homme se peust dire heureux,
sinon lors de sa mort. Ceux qui ayans bien commencé
finissent mal, sont beaucoup plus à blasmer, que ceux
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M1r p177] qui toute leur vie ont mal vescu. Ce qui est dit de la
chevre, ne se void que trop souvent par ceux qui gou-
vernent tels animaux.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 920 (Capra Syria), where the goat - of Syros, in the Aegean - is wild.


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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.

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


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