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Generosa vestigia.

Noble footprints

Ad Iulium Comitem ą Salmis.[1]

Penna aquilae non fert alias, corrodit edendo,
Et nocet admixtis č propiore loco.
Quis neget alitibus divinae munera sortis
Non eadem, & varič distribuisse Deum.
Ante solet tempus teneros depellere nido
Pullos, & fortes protinus illa facit.
Adversum cogit solem quoque sollicitare
Luminibus, lachrymae ne temerč officiant.
Quo quid nobilius, vestigia parte tuetur:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  []Naturam retinent relliquiaeve parem.
Sic quos commendat genus alto ą sanguine Regum,
Conspicitur, signum & nobilitatis habent.
Fortis equi proles denso sic pulvere gaudet,
Degener haud aquilas ulla columba tulit.
Sic atavos, proavosque tuos imitaris & ornas,
Iuli Salmorum suspiciende Comes.

The eagle’s feather will not put up with other feathers; it eats them up and corrodes them. Who would deny that God has distributed the gifts of divine fate unequally and differently to the birds? The mother bird is accustomed to drive the chicks from the nest before their time and she makes them strong forthwith. She makes them look straight at the sun with their eyes, so that sudden bursts of weeping should not obstruct them. The more noble a thing is, the more it keeps the signs by inheritance, and the survivors retain a similar nature. Likewise it is seen whom descent from the ancient blood of kings commends and they have the sign of nobility. Even so, the offspring of a noble horse rejoices in the thick dust [of battle]; and no degenerate dove ever produced eagles. Even so, O Julius, worshipful Count of Salm, you imitate and bring glory to your grandfathers and great-grandfathers.


1.  Julius, Count of Salm-Neuburg: the county of Salm was a small principality of the Holy Roman Empire located in the Vosges mountains between Alsace and Lorraine. The family lived most of the time, however, at the Imperial court in Vienna. Count Julius (d. 1581) served in various administrative and military capacities in Hungary, and on the Imperial Council.

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