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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.

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Concorde.

Lon peult parler avec merveilles,
De paix[3] que chascun voit estre
Entre la turbe des corneilles,
Qui nont jamais valet ne maistre:
Pource les painct on sur le sceptre,
Que le peuple ostoit & donnoit:
Auquel quant discorde sceit naistre,
Tout se perd, chascun le cognoist.

Notes:

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

2.Textual variant: haec.

3.Corrected from 1536 edition.


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Maturandum.

All in good time

Maturare iubent properŤ, & cunctarier omnes.
Ne nimiým praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum echeneide[1] telum,
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

Notes:

1.‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A51a082].


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