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Foedera.

Alliances.

Ad Maximilianum Mediolanensem Ducem.

To Maximilian, Duke of Milan

Emblema x.

Hanc citharam, à lembi quae forma halieutica[1] fertur,
Vendicat & propriam Musa Latina sibi,
Accipe Dux: placeat nostrum hoc tibi tempore munus,
Quo nova cum sociis foedera inire paras.
Difficile est, nisi docto homini, tot tendere chordas:
Unáque si fuerit non bene tenta fides,
Ruptáve (quod facile est) perit omnis gratia conchae,
Illéque praecellens cantus, ineptus erit.
Sic Itali coëunt proceres in foedera: concors,
Nil est quod timeas, si tibi constet amor.
At si aliquis desciscat (uti plerumque videmus)
In nihilum illa omnis solvitur harmonia.

This lute, which from its boat shape is called ‘halieutica’, my Latin Muse now claims for her own service. Receive it, O Duke. May this offering of mine be pleasing to you at this moment when you are preparing to enter into fresh agreements with your allies. It is difficult, except for a man of skill, to tune so many strings, and if one string is out of tune or broken, which so easily happens, all the music of the instrument is lost and its lovely song disjointed. In like manner the leaders of Italy are now forming alliances. There is nothing for you to fear if affection lasts for you and stays in concord. But if any one should slide away, which we often see, that harmony is all dissolved into nothing.

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Principi suo foedus aliqoud cum sociis & vicinis
principibus inire constituenti, ostendit quanta
sit concordiae vis, sumpta comparatione à lyrae tem-
perato aut confuso concentu, ea enim constans ex-
summis, mediis, & infimis chordis concinnam reddit
harmoniam, si tamen eam vir peritus artis aptarit. Eo-
dem modo Respublica omnis ex diversis hominum
conflata generibus, & ordine dissimili, concordi pa-
ce ligatur, si principem nacta fuerit, qui & consi-
lio & rerum usu valeat, quíque benevolentiam suo-
rum, assensum, & commune pacis vinculum fove-
re norit.

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Sur les alliances.

REçois, Duc, ce present que je t’ay consacré,
Et monstre apparemment qu’il te vient fort à gré
Usant bien à propos, au temps mesme que penses
Avecques[2] tes voisins faire des alliances.
Mon present est un Lut (en forme d’un esquif,
Ou un petit bachet legier & bien actif)
Que comme propre à soy prend la Muse Latine.
Homme qui soit, n’ayant en premier la doctrine,
Ne peust accommoder tant de divers accords.
Si une chorde est lasche, & que du ton soit hors,
Ou rompue autrement (qui est aisé à faire)
La Musique se perd, & ne peust en rien plaire.
Ainsi est-il besoin qu’entre tous les plus grands
D’Italie, & seigneurs qui ont les premiers rancs,
Se practique un accord. Tu as bonne asseurance
Si tu te fais aimer, & as leur bien-veuillance:
Mais où quelque hargneux cest accord ne tiendroit,
Toute ceste harmonie à l’instant se perdroit.

IL montre de combien grand’ vertu est la
concorde à son Prince, au temps qu’il se
preparoit faire accord de paix, avec les Sei-
gneurs de son obeissance & autres siens voi-
sins, par comparaison du Lut bien accordé
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [C5r f17r]ou discord. Car le Lut composé de chordes
superieures, moyennes & basses rend une
plaisante harmonie estant accordé d’un hom-
me entendu. Aussi toute Republique, qui
consiste & est composee de diverses sortes
& qualitez de personnes, est maintenue en
bonne paix, si le Prince qui luy commande
a bon conseil, avec l’experience des choses,
& avec cela se sçait entretenir en l’amitié
des siens, s’accommodant à leurs humeurs,
0qui est pour certain comme un commun
lien de paix.

Notes:

1.  halieutica, a Greek word meaning ‘fishing’ (boat).

2.  Corrected from the Errata


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