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In secundis consistere laudabile quoque.

It is also admirable to stand in the second place

Orpheus lyra valebat,
Olor sacerque semper
Fuit, suave cantans.
Post hunc bonusque Homerus,
Philomela[1] cui dicata est,
Tanquam loco secundo.
Sed rectiłs secundum
Illi locum dedissent:
Nam ut Psittacus meretur
Primas, loquax secundas
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D4r p55]Pica, iste vincit illum.
Hoc Symbolum referri
Ad eos potest, gradum qui
Laudemque non tenere
Primam queunt: sed inde
Virtute mox sequentem.

Orpheus was powerful through his lyre; the sweet singing swan was always sacred. Homer, to whom the nightingale is dedicated, follows after him, what might be called in the second place. But it would have been more justified if they had given Orpheus the second place. For just as the parrot deserves the first place and the garrulous magpie the second, the latter [Homer] defeats the former [Orpheus]. This symbol can refer to those who cannot hold the first place, but then in virtue quickly follow.


1.  Philomela, sister of Procne, turned into a nightingale.

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