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Princeps subditorum incolumitatem
procurans.

The Prince caring for the safety of his subjects

Emblema cxliii.

Titanii[1] quoties conturbant aequora fratres,
Tum miseros nautas anchora iacta iuvat:
Hanc pius erga homines Delphin[2] complectitur, imis
Tutis ut possit figier illa vadis.
Qum decet haec memores gestare insignia Reges,
Anchora quod nautis, se populo esse suo!

Whenever the brothers of Titan race churn up the seas, then the dropped anchor aids the wretched sailors. The dolphin that cares for man wraps itself round the anchor so that it may grip more securely at the bottom of the sea. - How appropriate it is for kings to bear this symbol, mindful that what the anchor is to sailors, they are to their people.

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EOdem omnin sensu dixit Marcellinus lib. 29.
Imperium esse curam salutis aliena. Princeps e-
nim debet habere peripectum se sibi minim na-
tum esse, sed populi quieti & saluti. utque delphi-
nus futuram tempestatem praesagit, ut ait Plinius,
ipsmque navis anchoram iactam tutis ut figatur,
dirigit: eodem modo Princeps suorum saluti debet
prospicere, sed potissimum saeviente aliqua tempe-
state, bellique impetu adventante, alive casu.

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Le Prince procurant le salut
de ses subjects.

QUand les vents sont sur mer, & font grande tempeste,
Des pauvres nautonniers en fond l’anchre se jette:
Le bon Daulphin survient, qui l’embrasse l’instant,
Et pour la mieux ficher, prompt la va arrestant.
O bel enseignement pour les Rois & grands Princes,
Qui doivent procurer repos leurs provinces,
Empescher le naufrage & tant d’autres dangers,
Et servir comme l’anchre aux pauvres mariniers.

DE mesme a dit Marcellin liv. 29. L’em-
pire n’est autre chose qu’un soucy du salut d’au-
truy
. Car le Prince doit en premier congnoi-
stre qu’il n’est pas n pour soy-mesme, mais
pour le repos & salut de ses subjects. Et com-
me le Daulphin prevoit la tempeste venir,
comme dit Pline, & addresse l’anchre du
vaisseau ce qu’elle soit fichee plus seure-
ment: aussi le Prince doit pourvoir au sa-
lut de son people, mais singulierement quand
on craint quelque malencontre, comme de
guerre, ou autre.

Notes:

1. ‘The brothers of Titan race’, i.e. the winds: Aurora, daughter of the Titan Hyperion, was the mother of the West, North and South winds. See Hesiod, Theogony 378-80.

2. The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man; cf. [FALc089]. In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.


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IN SENATUM BONI
PRINCIPIS.

On the senate of a good prince

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Effigies manibus truncae ante altaria Divum,
Hic resident, quarum lumine capta prior.
Signa potestatis summae sanctique senatus,
Thebanis fuerant ista reperta viris.[1]
Cur resident? quia mente graves decet esse quieta,
Iuridicos animo ne [=nec] variare levi.
Cur sine sunt manibus? capiant ne xaenia, nec se
Pollicitis flecti muneribusve sinant.
Caecus at est princeps, quod solis auribus, absque
Affectu constans iussa senatus agit.

Figures without hands sit here before the altars of the gods. The chief of them is deprived of sight. These symbols of the supreme power and of the reverend senate were discovered by men of Thebes. - Why do they sit? - Because lawgivers should be serious, of a calm mind, and not change with inconstant thoughts. - Why have they no hands? - So that they may not take gifts, nor let themselves be influenced by promises or bribes. But the president is blind, because the Senate, by hearing alone, uninfluenced by feeling, impartially discharges what it is bidden to do.

Notes:

1. This is Thebes in Egypt. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 10; also Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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