Award of the Silver Tower of Cynnabar

Awarded to Mistress Jadwiga Krzyzanowska (modernly known as Monique Rio)

By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2018-09-01

Divitem numquam, Jadwiga, dices,
Cuius Eois potiora glebis
Rura, fortunæ sine fæce pulcher
Rivus inaurat;

Quem per insigneis geniale ceras
Stemma claravit; vaga quem per urbes
Quem per et gentes radiante vexit
Gloria curru.

Pauper est, qui se caret; et superbem
Ipse se librans, sua rura latam
Addit in lancem, socioque fallens
Pondus in auro,

Ceteris parvus, sibi magnus uni,
Ipse se nescit, pretioque falsa
Plebis attollit, propriaque se miratur
in umbram.

Splendidam veram sine luce gazam,
Turgidum plenam sine laude nomen
Mittis; te solo, Jadwiga, disces
Esse beata.

Audite verba Ermenrichis et Kashae.
Propter suam iustitiam et servitium inaestimabile huic Baroniae
Jadwigae Krzyzanowskae donamus honorem Nostrum Turris Argenteae Cynnabaris.
Dictum Nostrum non recantate.
Adapted from “Ad Quintum Tiberinum” (Ode 34, Lib. 4) by Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595-1640).

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Never call her rich, Jadwiga,
Who farms the powerful soil of the East,
With which fortune a handsome, clear
River gilds;

Nor whom by notable marriages with waxen seals
Her family tree illuminates; who tours the cities;
Who through the nations drives in radiant
Glory in her chariot.

She is poor who lacks herself, yet with pride
Poises herself, her spacious fields
Adding to the scale, balancing them with self-deception’s
Weight in gold,

To others small, to herself great,
Not knowing herself, her value by the false masses
Raised up, admiring herself
In the shadows.

Glittering treasure without true light,
A name swollen fat with praise --
You cast them out; yourself only, Jadwiga, learn
And be happy.

Hear the words of Ermenrich and Kasha.
Because of her righteousness and invaluable service to this Barony,
we grant to Jadwiga Krzyzanowska Our Award of the Silver Tower of Cynnabar.
Let none countermand Our words.

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