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Silentium.

Silence

EMBLEMA XI.

Cum 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.

Notes:

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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Concordia.

Concord

VI.

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides.[1]
Hinc volucres hae[2] sceptra gerunt, quod scilicet omnes
Consensu populi stantque caduntque duces:
Quem si de medio tollas, discordia praeceps
Advolat, & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured! For this reason these birds carry the sceptre. Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

COMMENTARIA.

Peramanter & fideliter mutuam inter se fidem
& amicitiam conservant Cornices, quod si al-
terutra moriatur altera quae ei superstes est ad
extremum vitae diem vidua permanet: & idem Ma-
ritus nullam in posterum aliam ambit coniugem,
exigens vitam in orbitate. Aelianus lib. 15. cap. 36.
Id circo haec sceptra tenent, demonstrantes o-
mnes Principes consensu & unanimitate po-
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sublato, illico discordiae ortae, totum facilè Prin
cipis statum secum rapiunt & dissipant. Concordia
enim (ut inquit Sallustius) parvae res crescunt,
discordia verò maxima etiam dilabuntur.

Notes:

1.  See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.

2.  Textual variant: haec.


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