Fallitur, egregio quisquis sub principe credit / Servitium. Nunquam libertas gratior extat / Quam sub rege pioWhoso thinks it slavery to serve under an eminent prince is mistaken. Liberty is never sweeter than under a pious king.
Hic patet ingeniis campus, certusque merenti / Stat favor: ornatur propriis industria donisHere is a field open for talent, and here merit will have certain favour, and industry be graced with its due reward.
Ingeniis patuit campus, certusque merenti / Stat favor: ornatur propriis industria donisThe field is open to talent and merit is sure of its reward. The gifts with which industry is crowned are her own.
Sed quum res hominum tanta caligine volvi / Adspicerem, lætosque diu florere nocentes, / Vexarique pios: rursus labefacta cadebat / ReligioWhen I beheld human affairs involved in such dense darkness, the guilty exulting in their prosperity, and pious men suffering wrong, what religion I had began to reel backward and fall.
Vivunt in Venerem frondes, etiam nemus omne per altum / Felix arbor amat; nutant ad mutua palmæ / Fdera, populeo suspirat populus ictu, / Et platani platanis, alnoque assibilat alnusThe leaves live to love, and over the whole lofty grove each happy tree loves; palm nods to palm in mutual pledge of love; the poplar sighs for the poplars embrace; plane whispers to plane, and alder to alder. In anticipation of the sexual system of Linnæus.