Jus belli, ut qui vicissent, iis quos vicissent, quemadmodum vellent, imperarent. It is the right of war for conquerors to treat those whom they have conquered according to their pleasure. CæsarBellum Gallicum. I. 36.
Sai, che piegar si vede Il docile arboscello, Che vince allor che cede Dei turbini al furor. Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm. MetastasioIl Trionfo di Clelia. I. 8.
Shall they hoist me up, And show me to the shouting varletry Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus mud Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 55.
I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the battle of life, The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died overwhelmed in the strife; Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom the resounding acclaim Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows wore the chaplet of fame, But the hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart, Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desperate part. W. W. StoryIo Victis.