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Intestinae simultates.

Internal struggles

Quae vires, regioque suis affligitur armis,
In partesque trahit lis inimica domum:
Paulatim absumit mala mens, discorsque voluntas,
Eque sinu existunt flamma, facesque simul.
Quippe ignes tectis immissi incendia praebent,
Mars furit ante fores, Mulciber intus agit.
Omnia conflagrant, nemo est qui tecta madore
Occupet, exustis quique ministret aquas.
Ignem igni, aut oleum potius dissensio iungit,
Acrius ut foveat pabula, cuncta ruant.
Pace frui qui vult florenti, seque, suosque:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N8r p207]Amoveat propriis iurgia dira focis.
Nulla adeo perimunt quām quae se maesta venena
Mutuo confodiunt, dixit Aristoteles.
Obviat his igitur prudentia, munit & arte
Lethiferum ut pellat prompta saliva malum.

If a power and region is harmed by its own weapons, and hostile disputation tears the house apart, evil and discordant intent gradually consume it, and, and flames and torches rise simultaneously from its breast. For when fire thrown sets the roof alight, Mars rages in front of the door, and Vulcan dances within. All things erupt in flames, and there is no one who will attack the roof with moisture, and who might offer water to the cinders. It marries fire to fire, or rather dissension with oil. To foster its pastures more intently, all things fall flat. Let anyone who wishes himself and his people to enjoy the benefits of flourishing peace move fearful quarrels far from his home hearth. As Aristotle says: “Nothing dies more than those that, sad, bury each other mutually with poison”. So let prudence take the initative and fortify with skill, that swift saliva may repel the deadly evil.



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