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Bonis auspiciis incipien-
dum.

Begin with good auspices

XXIIII.

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quidquid agis, mustela tibi si occurrat, omitte:
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava gerit. [1]

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.  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.

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


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