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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[A4r p7]

In Silentium.

Silence

Cým tacet haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens,
Stulticiae est index linguaque voxque suae:
Ergo premat labias, digitoque silentia signet,
Et sese pharium vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

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1.Harpocrates, also known as Horus, was the son of the Egyptian divinity Isis. He avenged the murder of his father Osiris by Set/Typhon. He is often represented as an infant with his finger held to his mouth as a sign of silence and economy of words. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 68.


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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B6r p27]

Il fault aller, ou Dieu nous appelle.

En trois chemins est sur une Montjoye
D’ung demy Dieu l’Image, monstrant voye.
Tombeau Mercure.[1] Or coronne le Dieu
Qui te radresse (O passant par ce lieu)
Par les chemins doubteux de vie allons
Et si Dieu n’est la guyde, tous faillons.

En tous actes fault suyvre bonne Na-
ture pour guyde. Qui est l’ordonnan-
ce, & vocation de Dieu.

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1. Mercury was, among his many other functions, the god of travellers.


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