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In mortem praeproperam.

Untimely death

Qui teneras forma allexit, torsitque puellas,
Pulchrior, & tota nobilis urbe puer,
Occidit ante diem. nulli mage flendus (Aresti)
Quŕm tibi, cui casto iunctus amore fuit.
Ergo illi tumulum tanti monumenta doloris
Astruis: & querulis vocibus astra feris.
Me sine abis dilecte? neque amplius ibimus unŕ?
Nec mecum in studiis ocia grata teres?
Sed te terra teget. sed fati, Gorgonis ora,
Delphinesque tui signa dolenda dabunt.

That handsome lad, famed throughout all the city, who attracted and tormented tender-hearted girls with his beauty, has perished before his time, mourned by no one more than you, Arestius, to whom he was joined in chaste affection. Therefore you build him a tomb as a memorial of such great love and assail the heavens with cries of grief: Beloved, are you gone away without me? Shall we never be together again? Will you never again spend happy leisure hours with me in study? But the earth will cover you, a Gorgon’s head and dolphins shall provide doleful symbols of your fate.


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  • Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56BB1(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Fidelity in Friendship; 'Confermatione dell'Amicitia', 'Fede nell'Amicitia' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56F231(+4):31E] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Mortality, Extinction of Life [58BB1] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • historical person (with NAME) other representations to which the NAME of a historical person may be attached (with NAME of person) [61B2(ARESTIUS)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
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PAUPERTATEM SUMMIS
ingeniis obesse ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

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Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas,
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per auras[2],
Me nisi paupertas invida deprimeret.

My right hand holds a rock, the other bears wings. As the feathers lift me, so the heavy weight drags me down. By my mental gifts I could have flown through the air, if malign poverty did not hold me back.

Notes:

1.  For the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’

2.  Other editions, both before and after, read arces.


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