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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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    Ex damno alterius utilitas.

    One man’s loss is another man’s gain

    XII.

    Dum saevis ruerent in mutua vulnera telis,
    Ungue leaena ferox, dente timendus aper,
    Accurrit vultur spectatum, & prandia captat.
    Gloria victoris, praeda futura sua est.[1]

    While a lioness, vicious in claw, and a boar, fearsome for its tusks, were setting upon each other, inflicting mutual wounds with their savage weapons, a vulture hurried up to watch, lurking in expectation of a meal. The victor’s glory will belong to the one that gets the spoil.

    Notes:

    1. Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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