E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fuga ad Salices (A).
An affectation or pretence of denial; as, when Cæsar thrice refused the crown in the Lupercal. A nolo episcopri. The allusion is to
Malo me Galata petit, lasciva puella,
Et fugit ad Salces, et se cupit ante vidri.
Virgil: Eclga, iii. 64, 65.
Cranmer was not prepared for so great and sudden an elevation. Under pretence that the kings affairs still required his presence abroad, he tarried six months longer, in the hope that Henry might consign the crosier to some other hand. There was no affectation in thisno fuga ad salices. Ambition is made of sterner stuff than the spirit of Cranmer.Blunt: Reformation in England, 123.