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Pour celluy qui ne scet flater.

Veulx tu savoir, Pourquoy c’est que Thessaille
D’ung duc, à aultre, ainsi souvent tressaille?
(C’est qu’a flater elle n’ha point apprins ce,
Lequel vice est en toute court de Prince,
Mais comme ung noble, & bon cheval, met bas
Son chevaucheur qui regir ne scet pas)[1]
Point toutesfois cruel ne soit le maistre,
Ung mors plus dur pour vengence doibt estre.

Les rebellions populaires viennent par
mauvaise administration des Princes.

Notes:

1.  See Plato, Politicus 261d for the image of the ruler as supervisor of a stud of horses.


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Insignia Poëtarum.

Insignia of poets

CVII.

Gentiles clypeos sunt qui Iovis alite gestant,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [m1r p177]Sunt quibus aut Serpens, aut Leo signa ferunt:
Dira sed haec Vatum fugiant animalia ceras,
Doctaque sustineat stemmata pulcher Olor.
Hic Phoebo sacer,[1] & nostrae regionis alumnus,
Rex olim,[2] veteres servat adhuc titulos.

Some have a family crest distinguished by the bird of Jove, for others the serpent or the lion provides the sign. But let these dread beasts flee from poets’ images; let the lovely swan support their learned clan. This bird is sacred to Phoebus and is a nursling of my homeland. A king once, it still preserves its ancient titles.

COMMENTARIA.

Varias ferarum figuras tam antiquorum quàm
nostratum armis atque insigniis depictas circun-
ferri videmus, utputa Aquilas, Serpentes, Leo-
nes, Apros & huiusmodi, sed absint animalia
tam crudelia à sacris Poëtis, quibus potius
convenit pulcher suavissimique cantus Olor
seu Cygnus. Avis est candida voce arguta prae-
sertim moritura, & Phoebo dedicata, ut refert
Cicero lib. 1. Tusculanae quaestionum inquiens, ut Cygni qui
non sine causa Apollini dicati sunt, sed qụd
ab eo divinationem habere videantur, quia pro-
videntes quid in morte boni sit, cum dulcis-
simo cantu & voluptate moriantur. Aelianus
autem lib. 14. cap. 23. de natura animalium, sic ait,
Cygnus à natura praeclarissimum donum est con
secutus, tanta enim eius animi est tranquillitas
in extremo vitae spiritu, ut sibi tanquam nae-
nia cantat, &c. Phoebus autem, id est, Apollo
filius Iovis & Latonae, creditus fuit Deus sa-
pientiae, autor carminum, & vaticinii praeses,
cùm Cythara pingitur & à Poëtis veneratur:
ut supra Embl. 46.[3]

Notes:

1.  ‘sacred to Phoebus’, i.e. to the god of music and poetry (Apollo).

2.  ‘a king once’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.367ff. for the story of Cycnus, king of Liguria, turned into a swan and inhabiting the marshes and lakes of the plain of the Po (Alciato’s homeland).

3.  See [A56a046]


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