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In formosam fato praereptam.[1]

On a beautiful woman, dead before her time

Cur puerum Mors ausa dolis es carpere Amorem?
Tela tua ut iaceret, dum propria esse putat?

Death, why did you so audaciously and with evil intent steal from the boy Love? - So that he might shoot your weapons, thinking them his own?

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I8r p143]

De la belle qui mourut.

Mort, pourquoy es tu tant hardie,
De lenfant amoureux reprandre?
Il fault que pour luy je te die,
Que tort fais a son aage tendre:
Sil cuydoit son plaisant arc tendre,
Et ayt tes traitz noirs transgectes,
Cest par toy, qui las sceu surprandre:
Luy machinant oultraiges telz.
Encor sur lhistoire.
Pourquoy batz tu mort lenfant amoureux
Sil faict mourir en cuydant faire aymer?
Rends luy sa flesche, & prens ton dard amer:
Lors fera il exploix moins dangereux.
Sur ce mesmes.
Mort, qui te faict Cupido battre?
Il faict dessus moy entreprise.
Pourquoy as tu sa flesche prise?
Je men veulx sur les vieux esbatre.

Notes:

1.  The iconography of the emblems ‘De morte et amore’ and ‘In formosam fato praereptam’ is confused in many editions.


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