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De tous costez de ronces & d’espines
Ce povre Lis se void environné:
Mais la vertu de ses vives racines
L’entretient vif & de blancheur orné:
Ainsi est-il du troupeau deux-fois-né
Vivant à Dieu, & pressé des bastards:
Lesquels ayant leur Dieu abandonné
Comme l’espine à la fin seront ars.

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SIC AMICA MEA INTER[1]

So is my love among...

xxxix.

Aspicis, ut firma quod stat radice ligustrum,
Horrentes superat floris honore rubos.
Non aliter strepitus inter mens justa profanos
Officii sanctum servat ubique decus.

You see how the plant which stands with a firm root outlives the prickly brambles for the honour of the flower. In the same way the just mind/soul among the profane clashings always serves the sacred honour of [Christian] duty.

Notes:

1.  Song of Songs 2:2



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