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Tirnaviae patriae meae arma.[1]

The coat of arms of Tirnavia [Trnava], my native city

Urbs est Pannonicis fama inclyta, libera regnis,
Tirnaviam vulgus nomine, reque vocat.
Bela[2] etenim Regum ditissimus undique cinxit
Moenibus, ac densam turribus excoluit.
Haec me produxit, lucemque videre serenam,
Vitalesque haustus dulcis alumna dedit.
Huic rota pro insigni, caelestis utrinque tuetur
Nuncius, & Christo praeside tuta manet.
Utque nihil certum in nostris sine numine rebus,
Sic rota, ni firmes, volvitur instabilis.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4v p168]Hactenus haec contra saevissima fata Getarum,
Fortiter hostiles se opposuitque[3] manus.
Messibus, & dives Baccho, mercator abundat,
Armis iure potens, clara Deûmque metu.
Hanc salvam longos tueatur Christus in annos,
Thurcicus hic furor & diminuatur honos.

There is a free and famous city in the Pannonian realm, called by the masses Tirnavia in name and fact. For Bela, the wealthiest of Kings, hedged her round on all sides with a belt of walls, and raised her thick with towers. She, my sweet nurse, gave birth to me, and gave me the gift of seeing the tranquil light and the breath of life. Her sign is the wheel, and the heavenly herald watches over it from both sides, and she remains safe in the government of Christ. And because nothing is certain in this world if there is no divinity, so the wheel, unless you fix it, rotates endlessly. So far, she has set herself bravely in the front line against the cruel fates of the Getae and hostile hands, abounding, a merchant, in harvests and the Bacchic vine, mighty by right in arms, and famous for fearing the gods. Let Christ preserve her safe for long years, and let this Turkish rage and honour here diminish.


1.  The birthplace of Sambucus, Tirnavia in Latin, was called Nagyszombat in Hungarian (Tirnau in German). It is now in Slovakia, and known as Trnava.

2.  King Béla IV, considered Hungary’s second founder (after St. Stephen); built many new fortified towns (including Tirnavia) after the Mongol invasions; ruled 1235-1270.

3.  This corrected from the Errata (from apposuitque).

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