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Que lo que ha de aver buen fin ha de
ser bien començado.

SEMIOTTAVA.

El mal principio nunca buen fin tuvo.
Lo bien encomençado bien succede.
Lo que a'l encomençar desgracias uvo
Dexalo estar, que bien es que se quede.


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    Bonis auspiciis incipien-
    dum.

    Begin with good auspices

    XXIIII.

    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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