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Che i consigli appalesar non si debbono.

One’s counsels should not be revealed.


L’infame Mostro; che con nobil arte
Dedalo chiuse in cieco Labirintho.
In ogni impresa il buon popol di Marte
Ne le bandiere sue portÚ dipinto,
Per darne a diveder, ch’in chiusa parte,
E da silentio d’ogn’intorno cinto
Dev’esser di chi regge ogni consiglio.
Che inteso, apporta ogn’hor danno, e periglo.


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Les secretz conseilz ne sont
a reveler.

Le Monstre mis en la prison secrete
Par Daedalus en Candie (c’est Crete.)[1]
Portent Rommains en guerre: pour enseigne.[2]
Le Minotaure en leur banniere enseigne
Ung Capitaine estre en conseil discret.
Car a l’auteur nuict le cogneu secret.[3]

Tous Conseilz & entreprinses doibvent
estre tenuz secretz: mesmement au faict
de la Guerre.

Notes:

1.‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2.According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3.Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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