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EMBLEMA XXVIII.

Concordiae symbolum.

A symbol of Concord

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Mutua statque illis intemerata fides.[1][2]
Hinc volucres haec sceptra gerunt, quod scilicet omnes
Consensu populi stantque caduntque Duces.
Quem si de medio tollas discordia praeceps
Advolat, & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their mutual loyalty stands firm and unsullied! For this reason the sceptre carries these birds. Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

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Das XXVIII.

Zeichen der einigkeit.

Gantz einig under in fürwar
Leben die Krähen wunderbar
Halten einander auch darzu
Treuw und liebe in guter ruh
Daher die Vögel halten than
Den Scepter dmit zu zeigen an
Das auß der Underthon einigkeit
Den Herrn entstandt freudt oder leidt
So du aber die selb hebst auff
So kompt die zwitracht schnell zuhauff
Und nimbt mit ir das Regiment
Hinweg, und macht damit ein endt.

Notes:

1.  See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.

2.  Variant reading, Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides, ‘and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured’.


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