Virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces. *
In spe et silentio fortitudo mea. *
Paucula haec Praestantissimo D[omi]no Possessori cum voto omnigena
felicitatis apponere voluit Jerem[ias] Stercky. S. S. Th. D. et
Prof. atque etiam Eccles[iae] Reform[atae] paroch[us], Pastor
Berolini 17. Augusti 1713
* The first quotation is the
renowned and often quoted locus of Silius Italicus,
Punica 13.663: “Ipsa quidem
virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces”.
The second quotation is a paraphrase of Isa 30:15. The
original is: “si
revertamini et quiescatis salvi eritis in silentio et spe erit
fortitudo vestra” (“In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye
Virtue is a beautiful prize for itself. *
My strength is in quietness and confidence. *
With this trifle wants to wish to the possessor [of this album]
every possible happiness Jeremias Sterky, doctor and professor of
theology, and senior pastor of the Reformed Church.
Berlin, on August 17, 1713.
143. Berlin, August 17, 1713
(?-1718), German Reformed pastor,
Jeremias Sterky was senior pastor of the Reformed
Church in Berlin, and professor of theology in Frankfurt an der
Oder. He died on July 29, 1718. The funeral sermon held by Paul
Volckmann on this occasion was published: Die
mühsame Schiff-Fahrt des zeitlichen Lebens, als … Jeremias
Sterky … am 29. Jul. des 1718ten … Jahres … in die Ewigkeit
versetzet … worden, Jn einer Abdanckungs-Rede vorgestellet
… Berlin, 1719.
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