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Concordia.

Concord

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides.[1]
Hinc volucres has[2] sceptra gerunt, quod scilicet omnes
Consensu populi stantque caduntque duces,
Quem si de medio tollas, discordia praeceps
Advolat, & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured! For this reason the sceptre carries these birds. Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

Notes:

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

2.  Textual variant: haec.


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Qu’el Amor es affecto potentissimo.

SONETO.

La fuerça del leon tiene vencida
Amor si no es de amor jamas vencido,
Que à solo amor ser quiso Amor rendido
A quien no ay cosa que no esté rendida.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [B5v p26] La rienda tiene en la siniestra assida,
Y el latigo en la diestra està esculpido,
Con este, el apetito es compelido,
Y la razon de aquella està opprimida.
Quien ternà el coraçon a’l sentimiento
Tan echo que no tema aqueste fuego
En ver dar á un leon tan gran tormento?
Dichoso aquel que á tal mal hallò luego
Remedio para echar d’l pensamiento
La pęna de tan gran desasosiego.[1]

Notes:

1.  The original Latin emblem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions. The theme is further developed here.


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