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Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

EMBLEMA CXXVII.

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quidquid agis, mustela tibi si occurrat, omitte:
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava gerit.[1]

A business begun with bad auspices cannot turn out well. Things done with good omens bring happiness. Whatever you are doing, if a weasel crosses your path, abandon it. This evil creature bears signs of ill luck.

Notes:

1. For the weasel as a creature of ill omen, see Erasmus, Adagia, 173, (Mustelam habes).


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Prudentes.

The Wise.

Problema.

A problem.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta, futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas (sicut & ant) vides,[1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an qud
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

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1. quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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