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Mal acquis, mal se pert.[1]

Par trop manger un Milan mal estoit,[2]
Et se plaignoit que les boyaux jectoit.
Ce ne sont pas (dit sa mere) les tiens.
Tu vis de rapt, rien que d’autruy ne tiens.

Ung rapineur quand il despend, il ne despend
rien du sien propre, mais de l’autruy mal ac-
quis: dont il ne luy doibt estre grief: & de la
vient que les tyrans sont si prodigues, des
biens extortionnez.

Notes:

1. The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

2. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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    Mal parta, mal dilabuntur.[1]

    Ill gotten, ill spent

    Miluus edax,[2] nimiae quem nausea torserat escae,
    Hei mihi mater ait viscera ab ore fluunt.
    Illa autem: quid fles? cur haec tua viscera credas,
    Qui rapto vivens sola aliena vomis?

    A voracious kite, which had eaten too much, was racked with vomiting. ‘O dear, mother’, it said, ‘entrails are pouring out of my mouth.’ She however replied: ‘What are you crying about? Why do you think these are your entrails? You live by plunder and vomit only what belongs to others.’

    Notes:

    1. The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

    2. ‘A voracious kite’. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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