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XLIX.

SPES COELO CERTISSIMA VENIT.

QUicunque in rebus humanis spem collocat, ille, uti dignus
est, saepe fallitur: exitusque incertos suaeque expectationi
contrarios experitur. Nihil firmum, nihil stabile est in hac vi-
ta. Refugium nostrum & praesidium in adversis tutius est,
& loco magis munito repositum, qum ut ab eo abstrahi aut de-
iici possimus: nempe in coelis, ad quos oculorum mentis acie
nos penetrare docet Sapientia divina: cuius providentia, & cu-
ra vigili ita septi sumus, ut cm ea nitimur & inhaeremus, nihil
nobis obesse possit. Nulla moenia tam sunt munita, quin ma-
chinis & suffossionibus, aut, ut nihil horum, proditione capian-
tur. Securitas, quam ex Patris coelestis recipimus promissis, tan-
ta est, ut spe ac fide inexpugnabili iam fruamur bonis adhuc
absentibus. Neque est quicquam, quod nos possit divellere
aut separare ab illa charitate, qua nos benignus Deus ample-
ctitur.[1] In rebus humanis ita natura comparatum esse videmus,
ut nihil sit ex omni parte beatum, nihil perpetuum. Novit pau-
cos secura quies: & ideo, quamcunque Deus tibi fortunaverit
horam, grata sume manu.[2] ad immortalia & coelestia con-
fugiendum, quae incertis casibus subiecta
non sunt.

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XLIX.

Friderico Sylburgio.[3]

SPES COELO CERTISSIMA VENIT.[4]

Most certain hope comes from heaven

QUisquis in humanis rebus spem collocat, audet
Adriacos lacera scindere lintre sinus.[5]
Si qua tamen restat, nobis certissima coelo
Cernitur, summis anchora missa Deis.

He who places hope in human things dares to cleave the Adriatic Sea with a broken boat. But if it survives, then a most certain anchor is seen by us in the sky, sent by the gods on high.

Notes:

1. A partial quotation from Romans 8:35, ‘Quis ergo nos separabit a charitate Christi?’

2. ‘Quamcunque Deus tibi fortunaverit horam, grata sume manu’: Horace, Epodes, 1.2.22 (whatever hour God may bestow, take with a grateful hand).

3. Friedrich Sylburg, or Silburg, German classical scholar. See emblem 21 ([FBOb021]).

4. The Greek letters in the pictura are the normal abbreviations for Jesus, Christ and Redeemer Ι(ΗΣΟΥΣ, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, ΛΥΤΩΤΡΗΣ).

5. A reference to St. Paul’s difficult crossing of the Adriatic on his way to Rome, Acts 27:27-44.



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