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In silentium.

Silence

III.

Cým tacet, haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens,
Stultitiae est index linguaque voxque suae.
Ergo premat labias, digitoque silentia signet,
Et sese Pharium vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

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A Silence.

III.

Quand ung ignorant ne dit mot,
Il est bien pareil au scavant,
Et n’est de saigesse remot,
Sinon quant il parle souvent.
Ta bouche ayt donc le doy devant,
Pour tenir de parler science,[2]
Ou seras Harpocras suyvant,
Dont l’ymage monstroit silence.

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.

2.The last 3 lines differ significantly from the 1536 edition.


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Foedera.

Alliances.

II.

Hanc citharam, ŗ lembi quae forma halieutica[1] 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,
Ruptave (quod facile est) perit omnis gratia conchae,
Illeque praecellens cantus, ineptus erit.
Sic Itali coŽunt 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.

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Traictez damytie.

II.

Comme au Luc la Muse Italique
Print plaisir, pour ses bons accors:
Ainsi toy Duc, as pris practique,
De rendre tous princes concors:
Mais si ung ou deux sont discors,
Seurtť meurt, Guerre prand repeue:
Comme l’harmonie de ce corps
Fault pour une corde rompue.

Notes:

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


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