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Studium & labor vincit.

Zeal, or rather hard work prevails

Ioanni Baptistae Pignae Ferrariensi.[1]

Est vas quod capitur, rite iuvans auriculis suis.
Ansam sed cupiunt solliciti prendere dextram
Fortes, atque alacres quos removent nulla pericula.
Laevam sed pueri, desidiosi, ingenio ac pigri
Prensant, atque senes qui fugiunt saepe molestias.
Res cunctae [=cunctas] duplici, vera fides, aggredimur modo.
Nam quos ardor agit, vel stimulus laudis, habent manus
Promptas, queisque velint adiiciunt seriò non leves.
Pertaesi studii, quosve labor durior opprimit,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L6r p171]Ansam non superant, & fugiunt sollicitudines.
Victores igitur quos pepulit non labor, aut onus
Fortes utilitas quippe manet, dedecus & pigros.
Alphonsus meritò praecipuis te ornat honoribus,
Secretisque suis praeposuit Pigna negotiis.
Sed tu Piëriam proptereà ne abiicito lyram,
Quae te tot cumulat muneribus, contulit hoc decus.

This is a vessel that is taken hold of, fittingly offering help with its handles; but those anxious to eagerly grasp the right handle are strong and fierce, not scared off by any danger, whereas the immature, the lazy, the slow-minded and elderly men who often flee discomfort, clutch at the left handle. We approach all matters, really*, in a double way, for those driven by fervour, or the spur of praise, have ready hands, which they forcefully lay on whatever they want in sober earnest. Those disgusted with zeal, or overwhelmed by really hard work, do not beat the handle, and flee from worries. Therefore, winners are those who are not repelled by labour or burden, for convenience awaits the brave, and dishonour the lazy. Alfonso rightly decorates you with outstanding honours, having put you, Pigna, in charge of his personal [secret - but with the concrete implication of secretary] matters. However, you must not throw off your Pierian [i.e. connected to the muses] lyre for this reason, which heaped so many gifts on you; this has brought you honour.
* lit. ‘vera fides’: true sincerity.


1.  Giovanni Battista Pigna: professor of rhetoric and Greek; historian and secretary at the Este court at Ferrara, particularly Duke Alfonso II, mentioned in the text; (d. c. 1575).

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