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SANS ADVERSAIRES VERTU DE-
vient lasche, flestrie, & deffaillie.

TAndis que sans labeur les armes inutiles
S’engourdissent au croc, la rouylle les pourrit:
Car des outils de Mars l’emery se nourrit,
Par les exploits guerriers d’entreprises virilles.

Vertu, qui foulle au pieds les choses qui sont viles,
Sans contraire fameux languissante perit:
Et le morne sommeil oysivement tarit
La gloire, qui luy vient d’ouvrages difficiles.

Si le soc annuel embesongné n’ouvroit
L’ample flanc de la terre, elle ne produyroit
Oysive, à son fermier rien qui fust proffitable.

Vertu verroit ainsi de ses perfections
La louange, qui gist és belles actions,
Perdre, sans opposant, son lustre souhaitable.

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Ad Veturium Leontium Hydruntinum.[1]

Sine adversario marcet virtus.[2]

Without opposition, Virtue withers

DUm non exerces, scabrum rubigine ferrum
Redditur; ast usu spicula trita nitent:
Et languer positis (si fugerit hostis) in armis,
Et tanquam virtus victa sopore iacet.

If you do not exercise it, a weapon is made scabrous by rust; but burnished arrows gleam with use. Virtue languishes amidst arms which have been laid aside [if the enemy has taken flight] and lies as if overcome by sleep.

Notes:

1.  Veturius Leontius, from Otranto (in Calabria), a friend of Boissard’s who died during the plague of 1576.

2.  This image was printed upside-down. The inscription is inspired by Erasmus, Adagia, 4.5.77.


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