Switch to Dual Emblem Display

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B7v]

Reverentiam in matrimonio
requiri.

Respect is required in marriage

Cým furit in Venerem, pelagi se in littore sistit
Vipera, & ab stomacho dira venera vomit.
Muraenamque ciens, ingentia sibila tollit,
At subitÚ amplexus appetit illa viri.[1]
Maxima debetur thalamo reverentia, coniunx
Alternum debet coniugi & obsequium.

When the viper is sexually aroused, it stations itself on the seashore and ejects the dread poisons from its gut. To summon the moray eel, it raises a loud hissing, and suddenly she comes to the embrace of her mate. - Great reverence is owed to the marriage bed, and the partners owe each other mutual respect.

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B8r]

Reverence est requise a mariage.

Jacoit[2] que le serpent soit ort
Quant il vient sibler la lamproye:
Elle repute faire tort,
Si a son amour ne rend proye:
Par ce je dis que chascun croye,
Quon doibt honneur a mariage:
En forte quil fault quon octroye,
Deu au laid, ou beau personnage.

Notes:

1.For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.


Related Emblems

Show related emblems Show related emblems

Hint: You can set whether related emblems are displayed by default on the preferences page


Iconclass Keywords

Relating to the image:

Relating to the text:


Hint: You can turn translations and name underlining on or off using the preferences page.

 

Back to top