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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 conseillers des Princes.

    LI.

    On dit que Chiron fut Maistre du preux Achille,
    Et d’autres grands Seigneurs, & maistre tres-utile.[1]
    Qui un Roy veut former, & luy estre bon maistre,
    My homme & my cheval il faut qu’il le face estre.
    Contre ses ennemis qu’il soit beste enragee,
    Et homme à ses subjects par douceur simulee.

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    Commentaires.

    Chiron le Centaure, & ses disciples, & presque
    tous ceux qui ont l’oreille des grands, font bien sem-
    blant d’estre revestus d’humanité, justice & pieté
    envers le peuple: mais pour la pluspart ils sont cruels
    & inhumains, chargeans ores la robbe de renard, &
    ores celle du lion, selon qu’ils jugent que leurs affai-
    res le requierent. Divers auteurs ont escrit des Cen-
    taures. Ceux qui premiers ont dompté les chevaux,
    & qui les ont accoustumés à obeïr estans apparus
    à ceux qui ne les avoyent veus au paravant, furent
    estimés estre biformes: sçavoir est hommes par le haut,
    & chevaux par embas.

    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.


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