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Cur Deus hic Consus solito de more Deorum
Non patet, obscura sed latet usque domo?
An quia, quisquis erit Regis cognomine dignus,
Consilium Regni non sinet esse patens.[1]

Why does the god Consus here not appear as gods usually do, but hides always in his dark house? Not perhaps because anyone worthy of the name of king will not allow the councils of the state to be open.

quatrain.

PourquoyConsus tout seul entre les Dieux
Se tien caché, & tousjours au couvert?
C’est que tout Roy doit estre curieux,
Que son conseil ne soit point découvert.

Notes:

1.  Consus was the Roman god who presided over the storing of grain, hence his temple was underground. Grain is here made equivalent to other crucial components of running a state such as state secrets.


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