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Du Silence.

III

Quand l’ignorant ne sonne mot,
Il semble cil qui est savant:

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Et n’est de sagesse remot,
Sinon quand il parle souvent:
Ta bouche ayt donc le doigt devant,
Pour ne parler qu’avec science.
Lors Harpocrate iras suyvant,#[1]
Qui nous figuroit le silence.

commentaires.

Il vaut mieux se taire que de trop parler. Le fol ne
sauroit mieux monstrer sa folie & son ignorance,
qu’en parlant. Periandre demandoit un jour au Phi-
losophe Solon, pourquoy il demeuroit muet en une
grande assemblee, veu que l tant de gents discour-
oyent de divers affaires: si c’estoit par faute d’avoir
que dire, ou bien qu’il fust fol. Solon respondit, que le
fol ne peut se taire. Le divin Platon interrogue quoy
on peut connoistre les personnes, Par la parole, dit-il,
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [A6r p11] comme on connoit les pots de terre par le son qu’ils
rendent. Les Egyptiens appelloyent Harpocrate, le
Dieu de silence, lequel, pour ne parler, fermoit sa bou-
che & ses levres avec le doigt.

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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FOEDERA ITALORUM.[1]

The Italians’ Alliances.

Hanc cytharam lembo [=lembi] , quae forma halieutica[2] fertur.
Vendicat, & propriam musa latina sibi.
Accipe Dux, placeat nostrum hoc tibi tempore munus
Quo nova cum sociis foedera inire paras.
Difficile est nisi docto homini tot tendere chordas,
Unaque si fuerit non bene tenta fides.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [A3r]Ruptave (qud facile est) perit omnis gratia conchae,
Illeque praecellens cantus ineptus erit.
Sic Itali count proceres in foedera, concors,
Nil est quod timeas, si tibi constet amor.
At si aliquis desciscat (uti plerunque videmus)
In nihilum illa omnis solvitur harmonia.

This lute, which from its boat shape is called “halieutica”, my Latin Muse now claims for her own service. Receive it, O Duke. May this offering of mine be pleasing to you at this moment when you are preparing to enter into fresh agreements with your allies. It is difficult, except for a man of skill, to tune so many strings, and if one string is out of tune or broken, which so easily happens, all the music of the instrument is lost and its lovely song disjointed. In like manner the leaders of Italy are now forming alliances. There is nothing for you to fear if affection lasts for you and stays in concord. But if any one should slide away, which we often see, that harmony is all dissolved into nothing.

Notes:

1. In later editions the title is merely Foedera.

2. A Greek word meaning ‘fishing’ (boat).


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