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COGNOY TOY-MESME.

SOit que celeste il fut, ou de race mortelle,
Quiconque sur le haut du Delphique portal
Gravà cognoy toy-mesme, il eut l’esprit fatal:
Et receut du grand Dieu ceste doctrine belle.

C’est vrayment quelque cas de donter le rebelle;
Et forcer l’ennemy d’un aceré metal:
Mais se vaincre soy-mesme est le vice natal,
Couronne, qui le faict, d’une gloire immortelle.

Celuy qui se cognoit, forçant ses passions;
Apprend à surmonter ses imperfections;
Triumpher de soy-mesme; & à Dieu se soubsmettre.

Et mirant son erreur au cristal de la Loy;
Afin que ses rigueurs il destourne de soy;
Cerche salut en Christ, son Sauveur, & son maistre.

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Ad Matthiam Thamasium Thurium Pannonium.[1]

ΓΝΩΘΙ CΕΑΥΤΟΝ.

Know thyself

INsculpsit templo qui Delphis ΓΝΩΘΙ CΕΑΥΤΟΝ,
A magno instructus creditur esse Deo.
Nil tam difficile est, quàm se cognosse: sed illud
Qui potuit, solus vincere se potuit.

He who inscribed ‘Know thyself’on the temple at Delphi is believed to have been instructed by almighty God. Nothing is so difficult as to know oneself, but he who has done it, he alone has been able to conquer himself.

Notes:

1.  Mátyás Thúri, a Hungarian Protestant preacher, involved in a new translation of the Bible.


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