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Ex bello pax

Peace succeeding to war

En galea intrepidus quam miles gesserat, & quae
Saepius hostili sparsa cruore fuit.
Parta pace apibus tenuis concessit in usum,
Alveoli atque favos grataque mella gerit.
Arma procul iaceant, fas sit tunc sumere bellum,
Quando 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 retired to be used as a narrow 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.

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De Guerre Paix.

Larmet dung hardy chevalier
En temps de paix fut de repos:
Des mousches a miel ung milier,
Lont trouve pour elles dispos:
Tost y ont faict leurs petitz potz,
Mettans miel, ou meist sang la guerre:
Soit donc noise hors de tous propos
Qui nest aultrement pour paix acquerre.


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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