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Pour celluy qui ne scet flater.

Veulx tu savoir, Pourquoy c’est que Thessaille
D’ung duc, ą aultre, ainsi souvent tressaille?
(C’est qu’a flater elle n’ha point apprins ce,
Lequel vice est en toute court de Prince,
Mais comme ung noble, & bon cheval, met bas
Son chevaucheur qui regir ne scet pas)[1]
Point toutesfois cruel ne soit le maistre,
Ung mors plus dur pour vengence doibt estre.

Les rebellions populaires viennent par
mauvaise administration des Princes.

Notes:

1.  See Plato, Politicus 261d for the image of the ruler as supervisor of a stud of horses.


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IN ADULARI INSCI-
entem.

Unable to flatter

Scire cupis toties dominos cur in subris ora[1],
Mutet & ut regi serviat utque duci?[2]
Nescit adulari, cuiquamve obtrudere palpum[3]
Regiaque morem principis omnis habet,
Sed velut ingenuus sonipes dorso excutit omnem,
Qui moderandi nesciat[4] hypocomum[5].[6]

Do you want to know why the land of the Insubres changes its overlords so often, and how it serves its king and leader - It does not know how to flatter, or how to stroke anyone the right way, the behaviour every prince’s court displays. Like a noble stallion, it throws from its back every horseman who does not know how to control it.

Notes:

1.  Insubris ora, ‘land of the Insubres’, i.e. the plain of Milan, Alciato’s home area. Various Gallic tribes, including the Insubres, inhabited this region in the Classical period. Cf. [A50a002], and see Alciato, Historia Mediolanensis col.6.

2.  This rather puzzling line is completely rewritten in later editions.

3.  ‘stroke...the right way’. See Erasmus, Adagia 2527, Obtrudere palpum.

4.  ipsum is added in later editions to regularise the scansion.

5.  ‘horseman, groom’. See Plato, Politicus 261d for the image of the ruler as supervisor of a stud of horses.

6.  Two further lines in later editions.


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