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tetrastichon.

Fortis equi frustra subduntur colla lupatis,
Ni regat hunc equitis (qua decet arte) manus.
Sic populum multis numqum moderabere verbis:
Ni ratio dictis consonet ipsa tuis.

The necks of a spirited horse* are subjected in vain to the toothed bit unless the rider governs him, cleverly as he should, with the hand. Just so, you will never rule a people with many words unless reason herself should be in harmony with your words.
* The solecism is in the Latin.

quatrain.

Au fort cheval de rien ne sert le frain,
Si par la main du maistre n’est conduit:
Semblablement le peuple presse en vain,
Qui par raison soy ne le reduit.


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