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Contra los que se rebelan.

SEMIOTTAVA.

En rebelar de lo que bien hiziste
Dando mal fin à lo bien començado,
Como la cabra que trastorna fuiste,
El tarro de su leche cogolmado.


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    In desciscentes.

    On those who turn traitor

    Emblema cxl.

    Quod fine egregios turpi maculaveris orsus,
    In noxámque tuum verteris officium:
    Fecisti, quod capra, sui mulctralia lactis
    Cum ferit, & proprias calce profundit opes.[1]

    Because you have spoilt your fine beginnings with a shameful end and turned your service into harm, you have done what the she-goat does when she kicks the bucket that holds her milk and with her hoof squanders her own riches.

    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [T3r f195r]

    CUm quispiam toto fermè curriculo aetatis pru-
    denter probéque se gesserit, & in extrema sene-
    ctute, vel etiam post praeclarè facta flagitium ali-
    quod admittit, efficit quod capra, quae mulctram
    suo plenam lacte dispergit. Id petitum è prover-
    bio, Capra Scyria.

    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [T3v f195v]

    Contre ceux qui s’oublient.

    Tu avois fort bien commencé,
    Et t’estois desja avancé,
    Mais ta fin en est fort diverse:
    Ainsi comme la Chevre fait,
    Qui le pot remply de son laict
    Du pied respand & le renverse.

    QUand un personage tout le long de sa
    vie s’est comporté prudemment & sans
    reproche, & luy atteint de vieillesse, ou apres
    avoir fait beaucoup d’actes d’homme de
    vertu, se vient à oublier, & faire quelque
    mauvais pas de clerc, il fait comme la che-
    vre, qui apres avoir emply la potee de laict,
    donne une ruade & le renverse par terre. Ce
    qui est prins du Proverbe, Capra Scyria.

    Notes:

    1.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 920 (Capra Syria), where the goat - of Syros, in the Aegean, not Scyros (as in the commentary here) - is wild.


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