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Concorde.

VI.

Lon peut parler avec merveilles
De la paix que chacun void estre
Entre la turbe des Corneilles,[1]
Qui n’ont jamais valet ny maistre:
Pource les peind on sur le sceptre,
Que le peuple ostoit & :
Auquel quand discorde vient naistre,
Tout se perd, chacun le connoit.

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commentaires.

Les Corneilles gardent & observent fort estroite-
ment la foy & amitiť entre elles. Que si l’une meurt,
soit masle ou femelle, l’autre demeure vefve jusques ŗ
la mort. C’est pourquoy on leur fait accompagner les
sceptres, pour monstrer que les Princes ne subsistent
que par le consentement, union, & amour de leurs
peuples. S’il survient discorde entre eux, tout l’estat
se deperit & dissippe. S’ils vivent en amitiť, & avec
le respect, qui est deu des uns aux autres, rien ne les
peut esbransler ny .

Notes:

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


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Non vulganda consilia.

Keep counsels secret.

Limine quod caeco obscura & caligine monstrum[1]
Gnosiacis clausit Daedalus in latebris:
Depictum Romana phalanx in praelia gestat,
Semiviroque nitent signa superba[2] bove,
Nosque monent, debere ducum secreta[3] latere
Consilia, auctori cognita techna nocet.

The monster that Daedalus imprisoned in its Cretan lair, with hidden entrance and obscuring darkness, the Roman phalanx carries painted into battle; the proud standards flash with the half-man bull. These remind us that the secret plans of leaders must stay hid. A ruse once known brings harm to its author.

Notes:

1.‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2.According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3.Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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