From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Dedications, Prefaces, Postfaces
Notices, Editorial Remarks etc.
- from: Thomas Erastus, Comitis Montani ... quinque librorum de Morbis nuper editorum viva anatome, Basel: Pietro Perna, 1581
- In the first poem, Nature, foreseeing Erastus's destiny, gives him a name that signifies his kind disposition. The poet suggests that Erastus is just, beneficial, and above all, beloved. However, he also acknowledges the fleeting slanders and criticisms that Erastus faces, likening them to short-lived thunderbolts. Erastus, with his wisdom and reason, effortlessly dispels these criticisms. The poem underscores Erastus's enduring reputation as a beloved figure, emphasizing his resilience against detractors.
The second poem delves into the dichotomy between desire (want) and capability (ability). The poet reflects on how some are praised for their aspirations, while others are lauded for their achievements. Erastus is presented as a rare individual who embodies both these qualities: he not only desires great things but also possesses the capability to achieve them. This dual gift is highlighted as a unique blessing. The poet then expresses a wish for Erastus, praying that he may enjoy a long life, akin to the legendary longevity of Nestor from Greek mythology. This longevity is hoped to allow Erastus to continue desiring and achieving great feats.