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La paz.

Ottava rhima.

El elephante que vençer solia
Las guerras con las torres guarneçidas
De gente que en batallas el traia,
Sometiò a’l jugo sus fuerças rendidas
Y lleva armas d'el Cęsar à la pia  [M]
Yglesia, y da de paz nuevas complidas,
Por dar nos à entender como aun los brutos
Ven de la paz seguirse grandes frutos.[1]

[Marginalia - link to text]Julio Cesar.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.


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Pax.

Peace

Emblema clxxvi.

Turrigeris humeris, dentis quoque barrus eburni,
Qui superare ferox Martia bella solet,
Supposuit nunc colla iugo, stimulisque subactus,
Caesareos currus ad pia templa vehit.
Vel fera cognoscit concordes undique gentes,
Proiectisque armis munia pacis obit.[1]

The elephant, with its tower-bearing shoulders and ivory tusk, a beast accustomed to dominate the conflicts of Mars with savage ravings, has now submitted its neck to the yoke: subdued by goads, it draws Caesar’s chariot to the holy temples. Even the beast recognises nations reconciled on every side, and rejecting the weapons of war, it performs the duties of peace.

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EX Graeco φιλίππου: quod significat, pro variorum
temporum ratione viros etiam ferocissimos ita
domari se pati, ut pacis conditionibus patientem
iurem accommodent, qui bellorum temporibus
magno terrori fuerint non aliter quàm elephas, cu-
ius cùm magnus in bellis usus fuerit, inservit tandem
paci & tranquillitati publicae, séque ad triumphum
trahi non recusat.

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La paix.

L’Elephant porte-tour, à blanches dents d’yvoire,
Ayant causé souvent és guerres la victoire,
A ceste heure est au joug, & bien paisiblement
Tire le chariot conduit triomphamment
Aux temples consacrez, pour faire mieux paroistre
Le triomphe à Cesar, & son los recognoistre.
La beste mesme entend de concorde la voix,
Et jettant armes bas s’accommode à la paix.

CEstuy est du Grec de Philippus: que si-
gnifie comme les hommes, voire plus
hauts à la main & farrouches, se laissent al-
ler quand ils voyent que le temps ne leur
en dit plus comme auparavant, de façon
qu’ils s’accommodent à la paix, eux qui du-
rant la guerre s’estoient rendus formidables
& fort redoubtez. C’est comme l’elephant,
duquel apres que lon s’est bien servy en
temps de guerre, la paix estant faitte, il s’ac-
commode, & ne desdaigne d’estre tiré en
triomphe.

Notes:

1.  This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.


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