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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.

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Concorde.

Lon peult parler avec merveilles,
De paix[3] que chascun voit estre
Entre la turbe des corneilles,
Qui nont jamais valet ne maistre:
Pource les painct on sur le sceptre,
Que le peuple ostoit & donnoit:
Auquel quant discorde sceit naistre,
Tout se perd, chascun le cognoist.

Notes:

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

2. Textual variant: haec.

3. Corrected from 1536 edition.


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Les secretz conseilz ne sont reveler.

Le monstre mis en la prison secrete
Par Dedalus en Candie (c’est Crete.)[1]
Portent Rommains en guerre: pour enseigne.[2]
Le Minotaure en leur banniere enseigne
Ung Capitaine estre en conseil discret.
Car a l’Auteur nuict le cogneu secret.[3]

Tous Conseilz & entreprinses doibvent estre te-
nuz secretz: mesmement au faict
de la Guerre.

Notes:

1. ‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2. According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3. Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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