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Potentissimus affectus Amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

VII.

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis,
Expressus gemma pusio vincat amor,
Utque manu hac scuticam teneat, hac flectat habenas,
Utque sit in pueri plurimus ore decor.[1]
Dira lues procul esto, feram qui vincere talem,
Est potis, Ó nobis temperet an ne manus? [2]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. See how he rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. How in one hand he holds a lash, with the other he guides the reins, and on his countenance rests the loveliness of youth. - Dread pestilence keep far away. Would one who has the power to conquer such a beast keep his hands from us?

Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[B8r p31]

Lieb ist die gewaltigest anfechtung.

VII.

Die bildnu▀ zaygt, wie grosse macht
Hab Cupido der wagenman:
Sich wie er auff die Lewen schlacht,
Die an dem zugel muessen gan,
Wey▀ ist, der sich sein ma▀en kan:
Dan herscht er so ein gwaltig thier,
Vil ehe macht er im underthan
Die leut, so volgen yer begier.

Notes:

1. áIn some editions, this sequence of subjunctives is changed to indicative.

2. áThis is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions.


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