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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [F8v p96]

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit: ludetque operam: multłm 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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SECOND LIVRE DES
Emblemes d’Alciat.

Contre ceux qui s’enrichissent du
dommage publique.

I.

Qui veut aux anguilles pescher,
Ne cherche pas l’eau belle & claire:
Elle luy seroit trop contraire:
Il luy faut l’eau trouble cercher.
Ainsi ces gros loups ravissans,
Qui engloutissent les petits,
En paix ne font pas leurs proffits:
Mais la guerre les rend puissans.[1]

Commentaires.

Cecy est prins de la fable d’Esope, oł le pescheur
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4v p168] dit, qu’il luy faudroit mourir de faim, s’il ne troubloit
l’eau, ą fin que les poissons s’enfuyans, se jectassent plus
facilement dans ses filets. Helas, Combien y a-il de
gents, qui ressemblent ą ce pescheur, lesquels pour fai-
re leur proffit, & remplir leurs bourses, sement des trou-
bles & divisions és royaumes & republiques, qui
bien souvent en sont desolees & ruļnees: oł aussi
Dieu permet que le troubleur mesme y demeure en-
veloppé.

Notes:

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


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