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De guerre Paix.

Apodeixe.

Voy, Que le heaulme en guerre souvent mis
Tant de fois tinct du sang des ennemis.
En temps de Paix sert de rusche, à la mousche
Contenant cire, & miel doulx à la bouche.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O8v p224] Armes soient loing: Mais permise soit guerre,
Car aultrement, on ne peut paix acquerre.[1]

Une mesme chose peut avoir deux usa-
ges contraires, comme l’espée porte paix
par craincte & Justice: & porte guerre
par injure, & audace. Pource guerre est
necessaire pour avoir paix. Ce que demon-
stre ung heaulme, en temps de guerre ser
vant aulx armes: en temps de paix aux a-
veilles, miel, & cire.

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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Ex bello pax.

Peace succeeding to war

XLV.

En galea intrepidus quam miles egesserat, & quae
Saepius hostili sparsa cruore fuit.
Parta pace apibus tenuis concessit in usum,
Alveoli atque favos grataque mella gerit.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [e8v p80]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.

COMMENTARIA.

Adstat galea, quae olim in bello feroci ser-
viebat militi, atque hostili saepe sanguine ma-
culata fuerat, eadem nunc pacis tempore, ef-
fecta est habitaculum sive alveolus apum, fa-
vis & melle repleta (ut mihi videtur ex Ger-
mania
ad Lusitaniam translata, ibi nanque fre-
quentia bella, hîc verò pacifica & tranquilla
omnia). Similiter etiam ex rugienti voracissi-
moque leone, quem postquam Samson discer-
pserat, suavissimus mellis cibus exivit, unde
ipse conveniens aenigma proposuit, de co-
medente exivit cibus & de forti egressa est
dulcedo, in lib. Iudicum cap. 14. Abiicienda
igitur, quinimò abominanda, damni-
fera & crudelia bella, nec nisi
tunc demum assumenda ar
ma, quando in pace
nullo modo vi-
vere conce-
ditur.

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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