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Le Prince vieil, ignare & non savant,
Qui n’a de soy aucune experience,
Sus voix d’autruy son peuple va jugeant,
Sans que du faict ait nulle cognoissance.
Tel Prince on peut nommer, sans qu’on l’offence,
De son conseil non chef, ains trompeteur,
Qui de la loy du vray Dieu se dispense,
Pour estre veu de ses serfs serviteur.

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CANE

either ‘Sound [the trumpet]’ or ‘Old/Whitehaired’

xx.

Artis egens, & mentis inops, sine pectore Princeps,
Indocilis genti reddere iura suae:
Non Dux, vana Ducis potius dicatur imago:
Nam populos fama, non ratione, regit.

Lacking skill and mind, the Prince, with no heart, is unfit to impose laws on his people. He is not a Leader, rather he is consecrated as the vane image of a Leader, for he rules the people by reputation not by reason.



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