Thursday, March 17, 2016

"The German Horace," "The Resurrected Quintillian:" Jacob Balde, SJ

Ode to Maria Leopoldine (April 6,1632 - August 7, 1649)
The Holy Roman Empress

Quod es, fuimus: sumus quod eris;
Praecissiums tuque sequeris:
Volat ante levissima sors,
Premit arcu vestigia mors.

Another of Balde's masterpieces was a poem on the interior life based on the five senses called Urania Victrix, dedicated to Pope Alexander VII and for which he won the golden medal of honor.

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