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BONIS AUSPICIIS INCIPIENDUM.

Begin with good auspices

Emblema 125.

Auspiciis res caepta malis bene cedere nescit,
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quicquid agis, mustella tibi si occurrat, ommitte [=omitte] :
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava[1] gerit.[2]

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.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata.

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


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Il faut commencer par bon encon-
tre.

XXIIII.

Qui bien commence, à bonne fin il vient:
Commençans mal, tout malheur nous advient.
La belette est de fort mauvais presage:
La rencontrant, quitte tout, si es sage.[1]

Commentaires.

Qui bien commence, a faict la moitié de sa beson-
gne. Il faut bien commencer, & bien poursuyvre, jus-
qu’à ce que nous soyons parvenus à une heureuse fin.
Qui fait autrement, à grand’ peine parvient-il jamais
où il desire. La belette, le lievre, & plusieurs autres
semblables animaux, ont tousjours esté tenus pour
malencontreux. Qui voudra voir les estranges dan-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M6v p188] gers & calamités qu’ont encouru ceux qui ont me-
sprisé tels prognostics, qu’il lise Valere le Grand.

Notes:

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


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