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In silentium.

Silence

III.

Cùm tacet, haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens,
Stultitiae est index linguaque voxque suae.
Ergo premat labias, digitoque silentia signet,
Et sese Pharium vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

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Von stilschweigen.

III.

Fur witzig einen narn man schetzt
Der schweygt, und er verredt sich bald
So er bey einem weysen schwetzt,
Gleich als ein haff der ubel hald:
Darumb deinn mund beschlossen halt
Mit dem finger, und red nit vil,
Wie der got Harpocras gemalt,
Der dich solch tugent leren wil.

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1.  Harpocrates, also known as Horus, was the son of the Egyptian divinity Isis. He avenged the murder of his father Osiris by Set/Typhon. He is often represented as an infant with his finger held to his mouth as a sign of silence and economy of words. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 68.


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Traictés d’amitié.

II.

Comme au Lut la Muse Italique
Print plaisir, pour les bons accords:
Ainsi toy, Duc, as pris prattique
De rendre tous Princes concords:
Mais si un ou deux sont discors,
La Paix meurt, Guerre prend la place,
Comme l’harmonie en ce corps
Une corde rompue casse.

commentaires.

Pource que le Duc de Milan voulut faire une

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confederation & accord entre plusieurs Seigneurs ou
Republiques, Alciat, pour representer le fruict de la
concorde, se sert du lut, (instrument de musique faict
en façon de bateau,) disant que l’harmonie qui sort
d’un lut bien touché & bien accordé, est merveilleuse-
ment douce & plaisante: mais si une des chordes vient
à se rompre, ou qu’elle ne soit pas tendue comme il
faut, lors l’harmonie, qu sort de ce lut, est du tout
maussade & desaggreable: Ainsi, si les Princes &
estats demeurent unis & en bon mesnage les uns a-
vec les autres, il en sortira un grand fruict: mais si
un ou plusieurs viennent à se desunir, lors ne peut on
rien esperer de bon d’une telle ligne.


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