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Auratumque habitat, vel eburno ex dente lacunar;
Vive diu, infelix, morbo indignissimus isto.
... non dormiit ostro,
Duraque fata queri, quæ sunt mollissima fatu.
LVIII. CHOREA MORTUALIS SIVE
DE SORTIS ET MORTIS IN HUMANAS RES IMPERIO:
LVIII. Balde, Poëmata, Coloniæ, 1660, v. 4, p. 424.-The empress Leopoldina, wife of Ferdinand the third, died in childbirth at Vienna after one year's marriage
, in the year 1649. The great commonplaces of death, which, if always old, are yet always
have seldom clothed themselves in grander form, or found a more solemn utterance, than they do in this sublime poem. How noble the third, the fourth, and the sixth stanzas !
9. æstas] The empress died on the 7th of August.
69. Suecica castra] A fine allusion to the recent desolations of Germany. It is true that when the empress died, peace had been restored for nearly a year, the treaty of Westphalia having been signed in October, 1648. But the wounds of Germany could scarcely have begun to heal ; and it was only four years before, that the smoke of the Swedish watchfires had been visible from the ramparts of Vienna.