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Alius peccat, alius plectitur.

One sins and another is punished


Arripit ut lapidem catulus, morsuque fatigat.
Nec percussori mutua damna facit:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [h4v p120]Sic plerique sinunt veros elabier hosteis,
Et quos nulla gravat noxia, dente petunt.[1]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.


Quemadmodum Canis lapidem cum quo ta
ctus est insequitur eumque mordet, hominem ve
rò qui lapide eum percusserat illaesum dimit-
tit: Sic etiam plurimi veros hostes inultos abi-
re sinunt, & potius pro iis quae peccavit alius
alius dat poenas. Unde adagium natum, Ca-
nis saeviens in lapidem in Chiliadibus Scripsit
autem hoc idem Plato (ut refert Aristoteles in
Rhetorica) in eos qui mortuos allatrarent.


1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.

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