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In formosam fato peremptam.[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

COMMENTARIA.

Mors invida blandum deceperat cupidinem,
sibi enim dormienti aurea tela abstulerat, &
mortifera eius pharetris imposuit, quibus ne-
scius Cupido formosam percusserat puel-
lam, quae protinus ob iniuriam sibi illatam
contra mortis technas exclamat, O iniqua
mors quare amorem puerum fefellisti, qui
tuis sagittis truculenter me miseram transfixit
suas amabiles esse credens? Sic plerunque mala
fortuna, prosperam illam fallit & superat.

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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