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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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Concorde.

VI.

Lon peut parler avec merveilles
De la paix que chacun void estre
Entre la turbe des Corneilles,[1]
Qui n’ont jamais valet ny maistre:
Pource les peind on sur le sceptre,
Que le peuple ostoit & :
Auquel quand discorde vient naistre,
Tout se perd, chacun le connoit.

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commentaires.

Les Corneilles gardent & observent fort estroite-
ment la foy & amitié entre elles. Que si l’une meurt,
soit masle ou femelle, l’autre demeure vefve jusques à
la mort. C’est pourquoy on leur fait accompagner les
sceptres, pour monstrer que les Princes ne subsistent
que par le consentement, union, & amour de leurs
peuples. S’il survient discorde entre eux, tout l’estat
se deperit & dissippe. S’ils vivent en amitié, & avec
le respect, qui est deu des uns aux autres, rien ne les
peut esbransler ny .

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


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