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Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quidquid agis, mustella 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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EMBLEMA CLXXXVI [=185] .

Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

Auspiciis res cepta malis, bene cedere nescit,
Felici quae sunt omine facta iuvant.
Quicquid agis, mustella 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.

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Das CLXXXVI [=185] .

Man sol alle ding mit Glck an-
fahen.

Die sach so hat ein bsn anfang
Kan nicht haben ein guten gang
So aber ein gut zeichn erstlich
Erscheint, geraht es gern glcklich
Was du anfachst so dir bekompt
Ein Wisel so la ab zu stund
Dann di unzifer gwi bedeut
Das nicht vil glck sey in der beut.

Notes:

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



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