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Ex bello pax.

Peace succeeding to war

En galea, intrepidus quam miles gesserat: & quae
Saepius hostili sparsa cruore fuit.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O7v f98v]Parta pace apibus tenuem concessit in usum
Alveoli: hincque favos grataque mella gerit.
Arma procul iaceant: fas sit tunc sumere bellum:
Quando alia [=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 subsided into lowly use as a 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.


Auß Krieg frid.

Sich an den Helm den auff hat gführt
Der Stoltze Kriegsmann ungeirt
Der auch offt ist in grosser not
Worden bsprengt mit deß Feinds blut rot
Der ist jetzt geben den Binen
Zu eim Binkorb und Hauß drinnen
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O8r f99r] Sie ire Wab und Honig süß
Machen mit fleiß on all verdrüß
All Schwert und Waffen seyen weit
Und man auch nicht ehe greifft zum streit
Dann so man mit keinr andern kunst
Erlangen kan den friden sunst.


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

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