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Concordiae symbolum.

A symbol of concord.

EMBLEMA XXXVIII.

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Mutua statque illis intemerata fides.[1][2]
Hinc volucres haec sceptra gerunt, qud scilicet omnes
Consensu populi stantque caduntque duces:
Quem si de medio tollas, discordia praeceps
Advolat; & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their mutual loyalty stands firm and unsullied. For this reason these birds hold the sceptre. - Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

Notes:

1. See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.

2. Variant reading, Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides, ‘and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured’.

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