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Contrepoison de Venus.

Par dent de porc mort Adonis le beau,
Venus luy feit es laictues tombeau,[1]
D’ond la laictue autant peut resister
Au faict d’amour, que Rocquette exciter.[2]

La rocquette eschauffe, & la laictue re-
froidit, par lesquelles deux herbes est don-
n entendre que raison, & temperance
de vivre amortit le feu de luxure, que in-
temperance enflamble.

Notes:

1. For the story of Venus and Adonis and his fatal wounding by a wild boar, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 10.529ff. and 705ff.

2. See Emblem 66 ([A58a066]). The effects of the plants rocket and lettuce are contrasted at Pliny, Natural History, 19.44.154.


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