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Andreae Alciati Em-
blematum liber
secundus.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

I.

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam. multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit. sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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    Contre les riches au dommage public.

    Qui en l’eau clere anguilles veut pescher,
    De perdre temps il se veut empecher:
    Mais s’il la trouble, il emplira ses rhetz.
    Ainsi aucuns par les loix reserrez
    En temps de paix qui n’ont un rouge double,
    Riches se font en un publicque trouble.[1]

    Il n’est que de pescher en eau trouble. (Di-
    sent les gros larrons, que l’on ne pend pas) Par-
    quoy ilz troublent la paix, & tranquillité des
    Princes, & du peuple, pour mieulx piller, &
    mieux couvrir leurs larrecins.

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    1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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