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ULTIO AFFECTATAE TYRANNIDIS. vel
DEUS SUPERBIS RESISTIT.

GRASPING TYRANNY PUNISHED or GOD RESISTS THE PROUD

Aspice crudeles dantem Salmonea poenas
Altitono (est ausus quem simulare) Iovi.
Demens, qui nimbos, & non imitabile fulmen
Aris ponte citis est imitatus equis.
Verum igitur fulmen (volvit quod fingere) sensit:
Dixit & haec moriens: dicere vel volvit.
Parcite mortales imitari velle tonando
Immortale Dem numen, & imperium.
Parcite velle sequi & dicta, & facta potentum:
Quod minitamur enim: iudicio patimur.

Look here at Salmoneus cruelly punished by Jove the Thunderer, whom he dared emulate. The madman! He imitated the storms and inimitable lightning of the air by driving his horses over a bridge. Therefore he felt the real lightning (which he wanted to fake) and said this, or wished to say it, as he died: “Do not, mere mortals, imitate with thundering the holy power and immortal sway of the gods. Nor should you follow the words and deeds of the powerful, for our threats become our punishment at the judgement.”



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