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VIRTUTES INGENITAS VITIA
ERUMPENTIA EXPELLUNT.

ERUPTING FAULTS EXPEL OUR NATIVE VIRTUES

Candidulae, & nudae coelestis origine regni
Virtutes homini protinus ingenitae:
À terra vitiis homini erumpentibus atris
Armatísque, in coelum unde fuêre, volant
Scilicet esse simul nunquam contraria possunt,
Lucida nocte dies ut veniente fugit.
Id fit ubi spectat radix rabiosa malorum[1]
Non coelum. solùm sed salon, atque solum.[2]

Small, white, and naked from their heavenly origin are the virtues born directly innate in man; but when faults, black and armed, break forth from the earth, they fly up to the sky wherefrom they came. For, as you know, contraries can never exist together: the bright day flees the advance of night. So it is that the raging root of evil does not concern itself with the heavens, but only with the sea and the earth.

Notes:

1.  Avarice in the French version.

2.  salon = salum, cf. Gk. [GREEK]. Note the alliteration, which probably in 16th-century France included coelum.



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