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Plectra[1] levi citiłs mulcebunt pectora plausu,
Grandia quąm forti cymbala pulsa manu:
Voce magis placida populum placare superbum
Est dare, quąm diris exagitare minis.

The plucked strings caress the breast more rapidly than the great blows of cymbals struck with the hand. It is better to placate a proud people with a peaceful voice than provoke them with fearsome threats.*
* The syntax of the last two lines is problematic.

quatrain.

Ainsi qu’un Luc amollist plus le coeur
Par sa douceur, qu’un son espouventable:
Appaiser faut d’un peuple la fureur,
Non par menace, ains par parolle affable.

Notes:

1.  plectrum: a long-handled pick held in the fist and used to strike the strings of the lyre.


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