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De Guerre Paix.

XLV.

L’armet d’un hardi chevalier
En temps de paix fut de repos,
De mouches à miel un millier

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E1v p66]

L’ont trouvé pour elles dispos:
Tost y ont faict leurs petits pots,
Mettans miel, où mit sang la guerre:
Soit donc guerre hors de tous propos,
Si force n’est pour paix acquerre.[1]

commentaires.

Le heaume, qui est icy pourtaict [=pourtraict] , servoit en guerre
au furieux gendarme, & souvent a esté arrosé
du sang de l’ennemi: le mesme heaume, en temps de paix
a esté faict le receptacle de la ruche des mouches à
miel, & en lieu de sang, a esté empli de miel & de ci-
re. Ainsi, du lion rugissant & devorant, que Samson
avoit deschiré, sortit de tresdoux miel. Jectons donc au
loing, & abominons les cruelles & pernicieuses guer-
res, & ne prenons jamais les armes, si ce n’est quand
il est force à fin de pouvoir parvenir à une paix.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca, 6.236, where bees nest in what were once the beaks (projections at the prow) of war-galleys.


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Section: PAX (Peace). View all emblems in this section.

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Ex bello pax.

Peace succeeding to war

En galea, intrepidus quam miles gesserat: & quae
Saepius hostili sparsa cruore fuit.
Parta pace apibus tenuis concessit in usum
Alveoli: atque favos grataque mella gerit.
Arma procul iaceant: fas sit tunc sumere bellum:
Quando aliter pacis non potes arte frui.[1]

See here a helmet which a fearless soldier previously wore and which was often spattered with enemy blood. After peace was won, it retired to be used as a narrow hive for bees; it holds honey-combs and nice honey. - Let weapons lie far off; let it be right to embark on war only when you cannot in any other way enjoy the art of peace.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca, 6.236, where bees nest in what were once the beaks (projections at the prow) of war-galleys.


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