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Ex bello pax.

Peace succeeding to war

XLV.

En galea intrepidus quam miles gesserat, & quae
Saepius hostili sparsa cruore fuit.
Parta pace apibus tenuis concessit in usum
Alveoli, atque favos grataque mella gerit.
Arma procul iaceant, fas sit tunc sumere bellum,
Quando aliter pacis non potes arte frui.[1]

See here a helmet which a fearless soldier previously wore and which was often spattered with enemy blood. After peace was won, it retired to be used as a narrow hive for bees; it holds honey-combs and nice honey. - Let weapons lie far off; let it be right to embark on war only when you cannot in any other way enjoy the art of peace.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G3r p101]

De Guerre Paix.

XLV.

L’armet dung hardy chevalier
En temps de paix fut de repos:
Des mousches a miel ung milier,
L’ont trouvé pour elles dispos:
Tost y ont faict leurs petitz potz,
Mettans miel, ou meist sang la guerre:
Soit doncq’ noise hors de tous propos,
Qui n’est contrainct[2] pour paix acquerre.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca, 6.236, where bees nest in what were once the beaks (projections at the prow) of war-galleys.

2.  The 1536 edition reads ‘aultrement’; the revision corrects the scansion.


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