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Silence.

Fol se taisant, ne differe du sage:
De la follie est tesmoing le langage,
Doncq’ par le doigt la bouche close, & mue
En Harpocras Egyptien se mue.[1]

La parolle donne à cognoistre
la sagesse, ou la follie de l’hom-
me.

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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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Confederationi.

Alliances.


Per far, che suon disordinato e strano
Non esca fuor di si diverse corde,
Bisogna dotta e ben esperta mano.
Perche una sola, che non ben s’acorde,
O che si rompa, fa che quel concento,
Che prima grato fu, tutto si scorde.
Cosi qualhor più d’un Signor è intento
Per commun bene a convenir insieme,
S’Amor gli regge, ogni timor è spento.
Ma s’un discorda, e altrove inchina e preme,
Alhor quell’harmonia tutta perisce,
Onde una parte impera, e l’altra geme.


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