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A bon heur fault commencer.

Chose entreprinse à malheur, ne vault rien,
Mais commencée à bon heur, vient à bien.
Laisser fault tout quand Belete on rencontre:
Car celle beste apporte malencontre.[1]

Les superstitieux n’entreprennent rien, en
maulvaise rencontre, ou caeleste, ou terrestre,
disans que c’est malheur de rencontrer ung
moyne, ou une vieille pissante, ce que ilz
veullent estre entendu par la Belete, beste de
mauvaise rencontre, selon les livres des
Augures.

Notes:

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


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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.

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


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