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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M7v p190]

PAX.

Peace

Turrigeris humeris, dentis quoque barrus eburni,
Qui superare ferox Martia bella solet,
Supposuit nunc colla iugo: stimulisque subactus,
Caesareos currus ad pia templa vehit.
Vel fera cognoscit concordes undique gentes.
Proiectisque armis munia pacis obit.[1]

The elephant, with its tower-bearing shoulders and ivory tusk, a beast accustomed to dominate the conflicts of Mars with savage ravings, has now submitted its neck to the yoke: subdued by goads, it draws Caesar’s chariot to the holy temples. Even the beast recognises nations reconciled on every side, and rejecting the weapons of war, it performs the duties of peace.

Notes:

1.  This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.


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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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