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rapit fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

Exprimit humentes quas iam madefecerat ante,
Spongiolas nostri[1] principis arcta manus.
Provehit ad summum fures, quos deinde coŽrcet,
Vertat ut in fiscum quae male parta suum.[2]

The dripping sponges which he had previously filled with moisture the tight hand of our 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.


1.Later editions read cupidi.

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

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