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In Silentium.

Silence

Cùm 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.

Notes:

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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VERTUS.

Marque de Foy.

Soit pinct honneur vestu de fine pourpre,
Verité nue à sa dextre soit propre.
Soit au mylieu Amour chaste,[1] & plus beau
Que Cupido. De rose ayant chappeau.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [B7r p29] Telz signes sont, de Foy, Qu’honneur maintient,
Amour nourrit: & verité soubstient.

C’est l’Ancienne Sabine designa-
tion de la Trinite, avant Jesu-
christ né. Ou bien le vray entre-
tien de fidelite par les circun-
stances d’honneur, & de ve-
rité.

Notes:

1.  Amour chaste, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see CHECK and CHECK.


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