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LE PRINCE.

Le Prince procurant le salut de
ses subjectz.

Quand de la mer les vents troublent le cours,
Povres Pillotz hont à l’anchre recours,
Que les d’aulphins [=daulphins] amys des hommes font
(En la prenant) ancrer en plus seur fond:[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L8r p175]O que les Roys doibvent ce signe aimer,
Qui sont au peuple ainsi que l’anchre en mer.

Le daulphin aime l’homme, luy praesigne la
tourmente avenir, & en icelle luy ayde à an-
chrer seurement, procurant le salut de l’hom-
me à son povoir. A l’exemple duquel le bon
Prince doibt aimer ses hommes, en tribula-
tion les secourir, & estre curieux de leur bien.
Parquoy aussi plusieurs grandz Princes, &
notables personnages hont porté la Marque
de l’anchre, & du daulphin comme le Roy
Seleuc Nicanor, L’empereur Auguste Caesar,
Alde Romain, Noble imprimeur à Venise, &
dernierement Philippe Chabot Admiral de
France, Combien que tous à diverse intelli-
gence, & devise.

Notes:

1.  The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man; cf. [FALb084]. In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.


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Che’l Principe buono sempre procura il bene d’i sudditi.

The good Prince always ensures the happiness of his subjects.


Quando il mar è turbato, accio non pera,
L’Anchora fermo il vago legno tiene.
E accio men possa in lui la rabbia fera,
A lei il Delphin per più fermezza viene.
Tale il Signor a suoi fia sempermai,
Qual’è; l’Anchora spesso a marinai.


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