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IX.

VITA VIRTUTIS EXPERS MOR-
te peior.

NAtura dedit omnibus hominibus sine discrimine vivendi
beneficium, sed ben vivendi munus, sola virtus largitur.
Vita non solm bonis, verm etiam malis communis est. Quae
ver vita dici debet, soli virtutis sectatori Deo Patre lumi-
num conceditur. Vita virtutis expers vita non est, imo ipsa
morte peior debet aestimari. Qui virtute praediti sunt, ii im-
mortalitatem assequuntur: Nulla nobilitas constare potest sine
virtute: imo sine ea, vita non potest dici vita. Qui nihil aliud
habet, qum maiorum stemmata & imagines, opinione nobi-
lis est veris, qum re. At qui virtute praeditus est, unde manat
omnis gloriae splendor, germanam ac nativam habet nobilita-
tem. Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus. Cumque illius laus
omnis in actione consistat; verbis non spectabitur, sed re ipsa:
Virtutis hoc est proprium, aequalem ac parem verbis vitam a-
gere; atque ita vivere, ut omnis oratio moribus consonet: Stul-
t praecipit aliis honestam vitae rationem, qui quae aliis praeci-
pit verbis, ab iis ipsa re, & operibus alienum se probat. Una e-
nim actio virum bonum non indicat, Sed per totam
vitam constans, suique semper simi-
lis virtus.

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IX.

Ioanni Casimiro Comiti Ringravio.[1]

VITA VIRTUTIS EXPERS MORTE PEIOR.

Life without virtue is worse than death

VIvere dat Natura homini, bene vivere virtus:
Id commune malis, hoc solet esse bonis.
Expertem virtutis agunt mala plurima vitam:
Languet, & assidua condita morte iacet.

Nature grants that man can live, virtue, that he can live well: the former is common to evil people too, the latter is reserved for the good. Many evils stir the life which is without virtue: it languishes, and lies buried in perpetual death.

Notes:

1. Johann Kasimir von Salm, Count Rhinegrave (1577-1651), the second of three sons of Otto I, Wild- und Rheingraf zu Kyrburg, Graf zu Salm (see previous emblem). He has also been identified as Johann-Casimir, Count Palatine of Simmern, the much-more well-known Protestant military leader (1543-92), but, as with the previous emblem, the Counts Palatine did not bear the title Rheingraf.



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