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In morte vita.

Death in life

Ad Paulum Manutium &c.[1]

Qui vigiles studiis noctes egere, diesque
Parcere non oculis, nec voluere sibi:
Hos celebres lato nomen disseminat orbe,
Ac simul in caelum fata suprema vehunt.
Mortua non mors est, quae etiam post funera vivit,
Hoc decus ą Musis, praemia tanta ferunt.
Id cute nudatum caput, & tuba, vitra libelli,
Hora refert, laurus, nuntia fama, globus.
Ista ferč Brugis, Vives Lodovice,[2] sepulchro
Addita sunt vestro symbola marmoreo.

Those who have given the whole night and day to their studies without sleeping, and have not wished to spare their eyes, them their good name spreads like seed widely over the earth, and the greatest of fates bears them at the same time into the sky. Death is not deathly, if it lives on past the funeral: this glory from the Muses, this reward they claim. This the skull stripped of its skin, the trumpet, and the hourglass in the book confess; and the laurel, the herald Fame, and the globe. In Bruges, Lodovicus Vives, these symbols are carved on your marble sepulchre.


1.  Paolo Manuzio (d. c. 1574), philologist, son of Aldus Manutius, the famous Venetian printer.

2.  Juan Luķs Vives, Spanish humanist who worked in the Low Countries, (d. 1540).

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