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In mortem praeproperam.

Untimely death

Qui teneras forma allicuit[1] torsitque puellas
Pulchrior & tota nobilis urbe puer
Occidit ante diem, nulli mage flendus Aresti
Qum tibi, cui casto iunctus amore fuit.
Ergo illi tumulum tanti monumenta doloris
Adstruis, & querulis vocibus astra feris.
Me sine abis dilecte? neque amplius ibimus un?
Nec mecum in studiis otia grata teres?
Sed te terra teget, sed fati Gorgonis ora,
Delphinesque tui signa dolenda dabunt.

That handsome lad, famed throughout all the city, who attracted and tormented tender-hearted girls with his beauty, has perished before his time, mourned by no one more than you, Arestius, to whom he was joined in chaste affection. Therefore you build him a tomb as a memorial of such great love and assail the heavens with cries of grief: Beloved, are you gone away without me? Shall we never be together again? Will you never again spend happy leisure hours with me in study? But the earth will cover you, a Gorgon’s head and dolphins shall provide doleful symbols of your fate.

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Contre la Mort hastive.

Le jeune & noble adolescent,
Qui dames passoit en beaulte,
Est desja mort, & pourrissant,
Dont tu es bien desconforte.
Sur son tumbeau te es lamente:
Et pour signe de dueil ordonnes,
Que a son sepulchre soit plante,
Deux Daulphins, ung chef de Gorgonnes.

Notes:

1. Textual variant -1550 has allexit


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  • death of a young person [31E1430] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Fidelity in Friendship; 'Confermatione dell'Amicitia', 'Fede nell'Amicitia' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56F231(+4):31E] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • historical person (with NAME) other representations to which the NAME of a historical person may be attached (with NAME of person) [61B2(ARESTIUS)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • historical person (with NAME) other representations to which the NAME of a historical person may be attached (with NAME of person) [61B2(ARIOSTO, Ludovico)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • lamentation (~ burial rites) [4.20E+133] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Mortality, Extinction of Life [58BB1] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56BB1(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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