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Quod non capit Christus, rapit fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

EMBLEMA CXLVIII.

Exprimit humentes, quas iam madefecerat antè,
Spongiolas cupidi Principis arcta manus.
Provehit ad summum fures, quos deinde coercet,
Vertat ut in fiscum quae malè parta suum.[1]

The dripping sponges which he had previously filled with moisture the tight hand of a greedy prince is wringing out. He advances thieves to the top and then puts pressure on them, so that he may divert to his own treasury their ill-gotten gains.

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1.  This is based on Suetonius, Life of the Deified Vespasian 16.

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