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Concorde.

Au sang civil ardent de toutes pars
Quand par soy cheut Romme,[1] terre de Mars,[2]
Coustume estoit les bandes ensemble estre,
Et assembler l’une l’aultre la dextre
Concorde, & foy ha celluy signe humain,
Que ceulx que joinct la foy, touchent la main.

C’est le commun signe de la foy civile que
toucher la main dextre l’ung l’aultre.

Notes:

1. Cf. Horace, Epodes 16.2, ‘Rome is being destroyed by her own might’ (written during the civil conflicts of 41 BC).

2. ‘Martial land’, a reference not only to Rome’s bellicose history but to the legend that Rome’s founder Romulus was the son of Mars, the god of war.


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