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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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Che i consigli appalesar non si debbono.

One’s counsels should not be revealed.


L’infame Mostro; che con nobil arte
Dedalo chiuse in cieco Labirintho.
In ogni impresa il buon popol di Marte
Ne le bandiere sue portÚ dipinto,
Per darne a diveder, ch’in chiusa parte,
E da silentio d’ogn’intorno cinto
Dev’esser di chi regge ogni consiglio.
Che inteso, apporta ogn’hor danno, e periglo.


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