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In amatores meretricum.

Those who give their affection to whores

XXIX.

Villosae indutus piscator tegmina caprae,
Addidit ut capiti cornua bina suo,
Fallit amatorem stans summo in littore Sargum[1],
In laqueos simi quem gregis ardor agit.
Capra refert scortum, similis fit Sargus amanti,
Qui miser obscoeno captus amore perit.

When a fisherman has dressed himself in a shaggy she-goat skin and placed twin horns on his head, he stands at the edge of the beach, and tricks the passionate sargus, whom desire for the snub-nosed herd drives into the trap. - The she-goat represents the whore, the sargue is like the lover, who perishes, wretched fellow, in the toils of unwholesome love.

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COMMENTARIA.

Sargus piscis Capras vehementissime amat,
cumque earum proximè littus pascentium unius
aut alterius umbra in mari apparuerit proti-
nus gaudio exiliens summo studio adnatat,
saltuque Capras attingere affectat, & gestiens
ad eas accedere studet, ob illam denique amo-
ris insaniam, (eo quòd tantopere desiderat)
perditur. Piscator nanque Caprinam pellem
extractam cum cornibus induens, insidias
parat. Sole à tergo relicto, atque farina Capri-
no iure madefacta in mari dispergit, mox Sar
gus Caprae odorem percipiens, accedit, pel-
lisque assimulatae Caprae conspectu permulce-
tur & capitur. Haec omnia Aelianus lib. 11.
cap. 19. de natura animalium. Sic amatores
(quos Sargus significat) ob furentem
& insanam libidinem in mere-
trices (quas Capra refert) in-
escati, decepti, ac denique
capti. Cupiditatis
suae poenas
dant,
misereque pereunt.

Notes:

1.  A sort of fish, possibly the sea-bream, believed to be unable to resist the smell of she-goats. See Aelian, De natura animalium 1.23.


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