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In formosam fato praereptam.[1]

On a beautiful woman, dead before her time

LXVI.

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?

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De la belle qui mourut.

LXVI.

Mort, pourquoy es tu tant hardie,
De l’enfant amoureux reprendre?
Il fault que pour luy je te die,
Que tort fais a son aage tendre,
S’il cuydoit son plaisant arc tendre,
Et ayt tes traictz noirs transgectez,
C’est par toy, qui l’as sceu surprendre,
Luy machinant oultraiges telz.
Encor sur l’histoire.
Pourquoy batz tu mort l’enfant amoureux.
S’il faict mourir en cuydant faire aymer?
Rends luy sa flesche, et 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 m’en 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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