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Que lo que ha de aver buen fin ha de
ser bien començado.

SEMIOTTAVA.

El mal principio nunca buen fin tuvo.
Lo bien encomençado bien succede.
Lo que a'l encomençar desgracias uvo
Dexalo estar, que bien es que se quede.



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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 Glück an-
    fahen.

    Die sach so hat ein bösn anfang
    Kan nicht haben ein guten gang
    So aber ein gut zeichn erstlich
    Erscheint, geraht es gern glücklich
    Was du anfachst so dir bekompt
    Ein Wisel so laß ab zu stund
    Dann diß unzifer gwiß bedeut
    Das nicht vil glück 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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