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Remedio de Amor.

SONETO.

Para que d’el Amor no seas venįido,
Ni echizo en tu razon daņarte pueda,
La Motacilla asienta en una rueda,  [M]
Su cuerpo en quatro partes repartido:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D4r p55] De modo que haga cruz con el tendido
Cuello, alas, cola, estando firme y queda:[1]
Con esto en tu razon segura y leda
De echizo ni de Amor seras herido.
Con tal sello de Venus a’l prudente
Jason ya vimos de Medęa librado,
Por se mostrar con ella tan valiente:[2]
Y ansi el que fuere ā tal remedio usado
Jamas podrā sentir en si accidente
De que a’l momento no estč remediado.

[Marginalia - link to text]Ave conocida vulgarmente Aguanieve

Notes:

1.  These lines describe the rhombos, a device used in casting love-spells. The bird usually employed was a wryneck, associated with Bacchus, possibly because of its dappled markings. (Cf. the dappled fawns associated with the god.) The wagtail seems to have been confused with the wryneck in folk belief.

2.  Jason was helped in the tasks imposed on him by the king of Phasis, by the sorceress Medea, daughter of the king. Instructed by Venus, Jason used the rhombos to cause Medea to fall in love with him and so use her spells to help, not harm, him. See Pindar, Pythian Odes 4.216ff.


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  • (personifications and symbolic representations of) Love; 'Amore (secondo Seneca)' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • (story of) Jason [95A(JASON)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Jason and Medea at the altar of Hecate (or Diana): Medea gives him a magic herb or ointment [94A43] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Protection; 'Custodia', 'Difesa contra nimici, malefici & venefici', 'Difesa contra pericoli', 'Riparo da i tradimenti' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54E42(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • witchcraft, sorcery [13B] Search | Browse Iconclass

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