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X.

ΟΥΤ’ ΑΡΕΤΗ ΑΤΕΡ ΟΛΒΟΥ ΕΠΙΣΤΑ:

ETiam si virtutis splendor, suos non aliunde, quąm ą seipsa
radios acquirat, certum tamen est languere virtutem sub
paupere tecto: virumque licet benč natum & institutum, si pau-
pertate
prematur, facilč degenerare, & quasi paulatim prolabi
in viam vitiorum: ad quam inducitur, & quasi humeris pro-
truditur[1] indigentia, quae illum apud omnes reddit inglorium
& ridiculum, illius verbis autoritatem adimit & persuasionem;
famam imminuit, & contemptum efficit. Quod seculi corru-
pti contingit iniuria; in quo primum locum obtinent divitiae.
Hae solae virum bonum faciunt, etiamsi vitiis omnibus conta-
minatus sit. Dives quicunque est, statim pius, bonus, nobilis,
illustris & gratiosus omnibus iudicabitur. Opes hodie coelos
aperiunt, inferos claudunt, stultis autoritatem, prophanis ho-
norem conciliant: expugnant urbes, leges corrumpunt, pudi-
citiam ac fidem prostituunt. Nemo bonus est nisi qui bonis
abundat. Multa ingenia candida, integra, & erudita, sive lite-
rarum studiis; sive rei militaris peritia, possent quasi alis ad si-
dera deferri, sed eorum promptitudo compedibus pauperta-
tis in pulvere coercetur; ą quibus moveri, aut sese expe-
dire non possunt, nisi stimulis[2] indigentiae
pungantur.

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X.

Othoni Comiti Ringravio.[3]

ΟΥΤ ΑΡΕΤΗ ΑΤΕΡ ΟΛΒΟΥ ΕΠΙCΤΑ.[4]

Nor is virtue without wealth to be trusted

HAud facile emergunt qui paupertate premuntur:
Quos retinet, tanquam compede, tetra fames.
Immodicis opibus virtus non gaudet: at illa
Degeneri sordet subruta pauperie.

Those who are oppressed by poverty cannot easily emerge: filthy hunger holds them back, as if fettered. Virtue does not rejoice in immoderate wealth: but when undermined by base poverty, she is held of no account.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata.

2.  Corrected from the Errata.

3.  Otto II von Salm, Count Rhinegrave (1578-1637), the third of three sons of Otto I, Wild- und Rheingraf zu Kyrburg, Graf zu Salm. He has also been identified as Otto, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, Duke of Sulzbach (1556-1604), younger brother of Duke Johann I (see emblem 8, [FBOb008]), though the Counts Palatine did not bear the title Rheingraf.

4.  The Greek inscriptions in the pictura are from Menander, Sententiae (Jaekel edition, 1964), Monosticha, 752 and 645.



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