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Mal acquis, mal se pert.[1]

Par trop manger un Milan mal estoit,[2]
Et se plaignoit que les boyaux jectoit.
Ce ne sont pas (dit sa mere) les tiens.
Tu vis de rapt, rien que d’autruy ne tiens.

Ung rapineur quand il despend, il ne despend
rien du sien propre, mais de l’autruy mal ac-
quis: dont il ne luy doibt estre grief: & de la
vient que les tyrans sont si prodigues, des
biens extortionnez.

Notes:

1.  The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

2.  The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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