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Contre Amour, ou Amour de Vertu surmon-
tant l’autre Cupidon.[1]

Nemese Amour fit, ą Amour contraire
Arc, Feu domptant. d’arc, & Feu.[2] Pour luy faire
Souffrir ses faictz. Luy jadis triumphant,
Armes portoit. Ores pleure en enfant,
Ard en soy mesme, & (d’ond l’on s’esbahit)
Feu brusle Feu, Amour l’amour hayt.

Un plaisir fait oblier l’aultre, Parquoy qui veut dompter
l’amour charnel: concoive en soy un autre Amour cele
stiel des choses divines, & eternelles, ars, sciences, & vertus

Notes:

1.  Unusually, this emblem does not correspond to that found in this position in the 1549 edition. The disparity presumably occurred when the forme was imposed. LINK REQUIRED ‘Sur L’obliance du pays’ is here found on I4ro.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 16.251. The punishment of Cupid (Amor) for the hurt he inflicts on men is a common theme in Hellenistic Greek poetry and art. This punishment is often carried out by Nemesis, goddess of retribution. Cupid’s arrows and torch are taken from him and destroyed, and he himself is bound, beaten, burned, and pricked with his own arrows.


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