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I’m currently working on a 17th century manuscript of Latin epigrams and poetry. The author is unknown, but the paleography is lovely AND legible (an unusual treat!). Much of the poems focus on Thomas Aquinas (and God and various saints, but mostly ol’ Tommy here).

Probably the best part of this is the wordplay that goes on in these poems. Here’s an example:

Terrarum orbem collustrat sapientia Thoma,
Hac simul in templo mansit, & ipsa manet.
Omnibus in scriptis, ac in virtutibus almis,
Multum gesta micant, & sua fama volat.
Angelus est pulcher Thomas probitate decora,
Sol & in axe soli, sol & in orbe poli.

They also make an anagram, in which “Thomas de Aquinas” becomes “Quid amo? Honesta.”

Here’s an “epigramma serpentinum” about our friend Thomas (indentations and underlining original to the poem):

Doctor hic Angelicus libris celebratum in istis,
Versibus & colitum Doctor hic Angelicus.
Plausibus assiduis semper vos tollite Thomam,
Dignus enim Thomas plausibus assiduis.
Iam tua facta volant magnas in orbe per urbes,
Applaudunt Homines, iam tua facta volant.
Sit tibi laus, et honos tibi dentur nomina plausus,
Ingentes cultus, sit tibi laus, & honos.

There’s also an “epigram aequidicum,” which just seems to be alliterative (if you speak Latin and therefore v’s and u’s are interchangeable. I’ll keep it that way here for the effect):

Vmani Vitat Vini Vincentius Vicus:
Vocibus Vltorem, Varcinatur Vbi.

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