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In Deo laetandum.

Joy is to be found in God

Aspice ut egregius puerum Iovis alite pictor
Fecerit Iliacum[1] summa per astra vehi:
Quis ne Iovem tactum puerili credat amore
Dic, haec Moeonius[2] finxerit unde senex?
Consilium, mens atque Dei cui gaudia praestant,
Creditur is summo raptus adesse Iovi.

See how the skilful illustrator has shown the Trojan boy being carried through the highest heavens by the eagle of Jove. Can anyone believe that Jove felt passion for a boy? Explain how the aged poet of Maeonia came to imagine such a thing. It is the man who finds satisfaction in the counsel, wisdom and joys of God who is thought to be caught up into the presence of mighty Jove.


In Gott soll man sich freuwen.

Schauw wie so zierlich hat gemalt
Der Maler den Knaben wolgstalt
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Wie er gen Himmel gefürt wart
Wer wolt aber gelauben das
Der höchst Gott in lieb entbrannt was:
Juppiter ab so gar ein Kind
Sag lieber was Homerus find
Wer all sein Mut, Hertz, Freudt und Raht
Zu Gott dem aller höchsten hat
Derselbig wirt gehalten frey
Das er nicht ferr von Gotte sey.


1.  ‘The Trojan boy’, i.e. Ganymede, son of the Trojan prince, Tros, snatched away by the gods to be Jove’s cup-bearer. See Homer, Iliad 20.232ff, though the eagle is a post-Homeric addition. The Greek motto in the accompanying illustration, gannusthai medesi, means ‘to delight in counsels’, referring to a supposed etymology of the name Ganymedes, for which see Xenophon, Symposium 8.30.

2.  ‘The aged poet of Maeonia’, i.e Homer. His place of activity is disputed. Chios or Smyrna is most likely - these are places in the central coastal area of Asia Minor, known as Lydia or Maeonia.

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