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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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    Del danno altrui altrui utilita.

    From the harm done to one person comes advantage to another.


    Il leon, e’l cinghiale a stretta guerra
    Venner, con l’unghia l’un, l’altro col dente:
    Sopravien, mira, e ben sa l’avoltore.
    Ch’a se fia preda, e gloria al vincitore,



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