Letter Combinations

When King Stanislaus of Poland, then a young man, came back from a

journey, the whole Lescinskian House gathered together at Lissa to

receive him. The schoolmaster, Jablowsky, prepared a festival in

commemoration of the event, and had it end with a ballet performed by

thirteen students, dressed as cavaliers. Each had a shield, upon which

one of the letters of the words Domus Lescinia (The Lescinskian House)

was written in gold. After the first dance, they stood in such a manner

that their shields read Domus Lescinia; after the second dance, they

changed order, making it read, Ades incolumnis (Unharmed art thou

here); after the third. Mane sidus loci (Continue the star of this

place); after the fourth, Sis coumna Dei (Be a pillar of God); and

finally, I! scade solium! (Go! ascend the throne). Indeed, these two

words allow of 1,556,755,200 transpositions; yet that five of them

convey independent and appropriate meanings is certainly very curious.

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