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DIt d’advantaige, un motet d’exellence,
C’est, Que sur tout se doibvent les humains
Contregarder de passer la balance,
Suyvre le poix juste, ne plus ne moins.
Et qu’ainsi soit, les monarques Romains
Furent heureux soubz le poix de justice.
Mais puis que vint, en leur coeur, avarice,
Et contre droict furent gras & refaictz,
Discord civil les meit en telle lice,
Que de leurs mains mesmes se sont deffaictz.[1]

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1.  The Roman monarchy pre-dated the Republic and is mostly based on myth, from Romulus in 753 to Tarquinius Superbus in 509 BC. The last three of the seven kings were of Etruscan origin, and are collectively known as the Tarquins.


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