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Qu Dii vocant eundum.

Go where Heaven calls

LXXVII.

In trivio mons est lapidum, supereminet illi
Trunca Dei effigies, pectore facta tenus:
Mercurii est igitur tumulus, suspende viator
Serta deo, rectum qui tibi monstrat iter.[1]
Omnes in trivio sumus, atque hoc tramite vitae
Fallimur, ostendat ni Deus ipse viam.

At a parting of the ways, there is a hillock of stones. Rising above it is a half-statue of a god, fashioned as far down as the chest. So the hill is Mercury’s. Traveller, hang wreaths in honour of the god who points out the road to you. We are all at the crossroads, and on this track of life we go wrong, unless God himself shows us the way.

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Geen da hin Got weyst.

LXXVII.

Das bild des Gots Mercurius
Auff einen stain hauffen gestelt
Bey einer wegschayd, zaygen mu
Die rechte strassen durch das veld:
So lang wir wandlen in der welt,
Haben wir bald gfaelt und geyrt,
Wo man sich nit zu Got geselt,
Der unn den weg zaygt, und regirt.

Notes:

1. Mercury was, among his many other functions, the god of travellers.


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