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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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    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.

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


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