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EMBLEMA CXIIII

Consiliarii Principum.

Counsellors of princes

Heroum genitos, & magnum fertur Achillem
In stabulis Chiron erudiisse suis.[1]
Semiferum doctorem, & semivirum centaurum,
Assideat quisquis regibus, esse decet.[2]
Est fera, dum violat socios, dum proterit hostes:
Estque homo, dum simulat se populo esse pium.

It is said that Chiron brought up in his stables the sons of heroes and the great Achilles. He shows us that anyone who sits in counsel with kings must be a teacher who is half a beast, a centaur who is half a man. He is the beast when he attacks supporters and tramples on enemies. He is the man when he feigns compassion for the people.

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Das CXIIII.

Fürsten Räht.

Der Centaur Chiron wie dsag sol
Gelernet habn in seinem hol
Und underweist den künen Mann
Achillem der von Helden kam
Ein jeder der zu Hof seyn wil
Bey grossen Herren wol am spil
Muß seyn ein Mensch wie ein halb Thier
Und wie ein halb Mensch ein wild Stier
Ein Thier ist er so er letzt die Freundt
So er zu Boden stöst die Feind
Und ein Mensch ist er so er sich
Stelt gegen jederman freundtlich.

Notes:

1.  Chiron, the wise centaur entrusted with the education of Achilles, Aesculapius, and other noble figures. Centaurs were creatures combining the physical and mental characteristics of a man with those of a horse. They were wild and uncontrolled, and came to symbolise humanity descending to savagery. Even the civilised Chiron, the educator, retained violent potential.

2.  Variant reading: esse docet, ‘He shows us that anyone who sits in counsel with kings is ...’


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    Les conseilliers des Princes.

    Chiron[1] Centor nourrit en ses estables
    Tant Achilles, qu’autres Princes notables,
    Monstrant celluy qui ha les Roys en main,
    Demy saulvage estre, & demy humain.
    Beste sauvage il est: les gens foullant,
    Et homme il est monstrant humain semblant.

    Homere feinct son jeune Prince Achilles
    avoir esté nourry, & enseigné par le Centor
    Chiron, demy homme, & demy cheval sau-
    vage, donnant à entendre que telz sont les
    gouverneurs des Princes, Qui hommes hu->mains se monstrent par devant: quand soubz
    couleur de juste guerre, d’equité, ou de bien
    public, ilz devorent occultement la substan-
    ce du peuple, estans par derriere plus inhu-
    mains que bestes sauvages. Donnans instru-
    ction aulx Roys, & leur trouvans invention
    de piller leurs subjectz, soubz quelque cou-
    leur, & tiltre honneste.

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    1.  Chiron, the wise centaur entrusted with the education of Achilles, Aesculapius, and other noble figures. Centaurs were creatures combining the physical and mental characteristics of a man with those of a horse. They were wild and uncontrolled, and came to symbolise humanity descending to savagery. Even the civilised Chiron, the educator, retained violent potential.


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