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ILLICITUM NON SPERANDUM.

Do not hope for what is not allowed

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Spes simul & Nemesis nostris altaribus adsunt,
Scilicet ut speres non nisi quod liceat.[1]

Hope and Retribution stand together beside the altar I have built, to ensure that you hope only for that which is allowed.

Notes:

1. This woodcut is also used for In simulachrum spei ([A31a078]).


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CONCORDIA.

Concord

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides.[1]
Hinc volucres has[2] sceptra gerunt quod scilicet omnes,
Consensu populi stantque caduntque duces.
Quem si de medio tollas discordia praeceps,
Advolat & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured! For this reason the sceptre carries these birds. Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

Notes:

1. See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.

2. Textual variant: haec.


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