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VIII.

FAMA VIRTUTIS STIMULUS.

BOna fama divitiis ingentibus longč est praestantior. Non est
res ulla tanti, aut commodum ullum ita expetendum, ut vi-
ri boni splendorem & famam amittas. Negligere quid de se
quisque sentiat, non solům arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino
dissoluti: Est hominis ingenui, & liberaliter educati velle be-
nč audire ŕ parentibus, ŕ propinquis, ŕ bonis etiam viris; & fu-
turae post mortem famae, etiam detracto usu, consulendum est:
danda est diligenter opera, ut hominum aures optimo de no-
bis sermone compleantur. Bona existimatio pecuniis praestat,
antiquiorque fit possessionibus gloria. Iactura rei facilč sarciri
potest, fama contaminata vix unquam diluitur. Eximiam vir-
tutem
honesta fama ultro comitatur: ac generosis animis amor
laudum veluti stimulus ad praeclara facinora innatus est. Se-
quitur fama fugientem, & ob id ipsum avidius expetitur ab
iis, qui virtutem colunt: quae non rapitur ut praeda, sed tanquam
praemium virtuti debitum. Hanc quisquis per contemptum
negligit, aut reiicit, is quoque segniter, & cum fastidio vir-
tutem sequi se arguit. Non solům enim
honos alit artes, verum & vir-
tutem.

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VIII.

Ioanni Comiti Ringravio.[1]

FAMA VIRTUTIS STIMULUS.[2]

Reputation is a stimulus for virtue

VIrtutem stimulis urgendo fama superstes
Excitat, atque alacres reddit ad arma manus.
Et qui omnem tetrico vultu fastidit honorem,
Is quoque virtutem segniůs insequitur.

Reputation which outlives [us] excites Virtue by urging [us on] with goads and makes hands eager to bear arms. And he who rejects all honour with a gloomy face, he too follows virtue sluggishly.

Notes:

1.  Johann IX von Salm, Count Rhinegrave (1575-1623). Emblems 8-10 are dedicated to Johann, Johann Kasimir and Othon, the three sons of Otto I, Wild- und Rheingraf zu Kyrburg, Graf zu Salm. The Rhingraves (archaic German for counts of the Rhine; Wild- refers to their governance of the ‘Wald’, the forests of the Ardennes) were a branch of the important princely family of Salm, whose territories spanned the gap between the Kingdom of France and the Empire of Germany, and were closely allied to leading Protestant famlies of the Rhineland, Alsace and Lorraine. He has also been identified as Johann I, Count Palatine, Duke of Zweibrücken (1550-1604), who introduced Lutheranism into his domains after the death of his fanatical Catholic father, Wolfgang (d. 1559)...but the Counts Palatine did not hold the title Rheingraf.

2.  The Greek inscriptions in the pictura are from Menander, Sententiae (Jaekel edition, 1964), Monosticha, 406 and 463.



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