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OU IL Y A AMOUR, LA
y a loyauté.

LE Roy n’est pas heureux, qui de son peuple est craint:
Car la crainte souvent est nourrice de haine.
Et du Prince ignorant, la prevoyance est vaine,
Qui par crainte sa gent, non par amour astraint.

La severe rigueur communement contraint
Le subject, d’opposer sa deffence à la peine.
La douceur à l’amour les citoyens ameine;
Et à la garde encor du Prince les estraint.

Ceux donc de leurs estats les fondemens eslochent,
Qui plus la cruauté, que Clemence s’approchent:
Et cerchent leur grandeur en la severité.

Sans la foy du subject le Regne est miserable.
Celuy qui est aymé, est plus long temps durable:
Car ou amour a lieu, là est fidelité.

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Ad Iacobum Pascharium Medicum.[1]

Ubi amor, ibi fides.

Where love is, there is faith/loyalty.

QUi stabilire metu malunt, quàm legibus, atque
Regna inconcussâ reddere firma fide,
Falluntur: metuisse odium est: et sceptra tyrannis
Conciliat fido semper amore fides.

They who prefer to establish their kingdom by fear rather than through laws and making it constant by firm faith, fail. It is shameful to have fear [lit. to have feared], and faithfulness always unites the sceptre of the king with faithful love.

Notes:

1.  Jacques Paschaire: an old friend of Boissard’s, a doctor and humanist, personal physician to Henri of Navarre (the future King Henri IV). In 1588, Henri was already heir to the French throne, and, as leader of the Protestant faction in France, perhaps the ideal prince described in this emblem.


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