In inventorem bombardae.

Japetionidem laudavit cæca vetustas,
Qui tulit ætheream solis ab axe facem;
At mihi major erit, qui lurida creditur arma,
Et trifidum fulmen surripuisse Jovi.

On the Inventor of Gunpowder

The ancients in their blindness praised Japetus's son, for he brought the celestial fire down from the sun's chariot. But I think the greater man is one who is credited with having snatched the fiery weapons and three-forked thunderbolt from Jove.