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Cum tacet, haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens
Stultitiae est index linguaque voxque suae.
Ergò premat labias, digitoque silentia signet:
Et sese Bharium [=Pharium] vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

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Das XXX.

Lob deß schweigens.

So zu gleich schweigt der Weiß und Thor
Kein underschied man hat bevor
Wann sie reden aber all beid
So macht die red ein underscheid
Darumb ein jeder kluger Mann
Sein lefftzen halten thue im zaum
Und leg den finger auff den Mund
Werd gleich Harpocrati zu stund.


1.  Harpocrates, also known as Horus, was the son of the Egyptian divinity Isis. He avenged the murder of his father Osiris by Set/Typhon. He is often represented as an infant with his finger held to his mouth as a sign of silence and economy of words. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 68.

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