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Les conseilliers des Princes.[1]

Chiron[2] Centor nourrit en ses estables
Tant Achilles, qu’autres Princes notables,
Monstrant celluy qui ha les Roys en main,
Demy saulvage estre, & demy humain.
Beste sauvage il est: les gens foullant,
Et homme il est monstrant humain semblant.

Homere feinct son jeune Prince Achilles avoir esté nourry, &
enseigné par le Centor Chiron, demy homme, & demy cheval
sauvage, donnant à entendre que telz sont les gouverneurs des
Princes, Qui hommes humains se monstrent par devant: quand
soubz couleur de juste guerre, d’equité, ou de bien public, ilz de-
vorent occultement la substance du peuple, estans par derriere
plus inhumains que bestes sauvages. Donnans instruction aulx
Roys, & leur trouvans invention de piller leurs subjectz, soubz
quelque couleur, & tiltre honneste.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  Chiron, the wise centaur entrusted with the education of Achilles, Aesculapius, and other noble figures. Centaurs were creatures combining the physical and mental characteristics of a man with those of a horse. They were wild and uncontrolled, and came to symbolise humanity descending to savagery. Even the civilised Chiron, the educator, retained violent potential.


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