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Deum velle, non cogere.

Desire God, don’t force Him.

Ad Ioannem Auratum.[1]

Quidquid inest nobis, venit altis sedibus, omne
Teque iuvat, gratus si modò suscipias.
Nam velut è caelo si pendeat aetheris hamus,
Si fugis, averso non trahet esca loco.
Scire libet verum, è nihilo qui cuncta creavit,
Os homini, & mentem cernat ut astra dedit.
Hanc aliis sobolem praefert, aeterna tueri
Atque velit semper iussa paterna sequi.
Praemia proponit largus, poenasque luendas,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [F4v p88]Non beat invitos, lenta sed usque movet.
Ni propria, & nobis ignota mente legantur
Felices, & quos Tartara dira vorent.
At nos, summe pater, tua sit quaecunque voluntas,
Caelesti immeritos sede locato, precor.

Everything we have comes from the throne of Heaven, and everything helps you if only you accept it with thanks. For, just as if a fisherman’s hook of air were hanging from the sky; thus, if you run from it, the bait does not turn you and pull you back. For it is delightful to know the truth, who made all things from nothing, and gave to man a face and mind so that he could discern the stars. This offspring he prefers to his other creations, and wishes that it keep its eye on eternal things and always follow the dictates of its Father. He generously sets out rewards, and penalties to be paid: he does not make those happy who do not wish it, but moves always what is pliable. Unless those whom dread Tarturus is to devour are considered happy in their own mind which is alien to us. But us, great Father, I beg you place us in a heavenly home (even if we don’t deserve it), whatever is your will.


1.  Jean Daurat (or Dorat, born Jean Dinemandy): French poet and classical scholar, leader of La Pléaide, poeta regius to Charles IX; d. 1588.

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