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Luxuria.

Licentiousness

Emblema lxxii.

Eruca capripes redimitus tempora Faunus
Immodicae Veneris symbola certa refert.
Est eruca salax,[1] indéxque libidinis hircus:
Et Satyri nymphas, semper amare solent.[2]

Goat-footed Faunus, his temples garlanded with the herb rocket, provides unmistakable symbols of desire without restraint. Rocket stimulates desire, the goat is a symbol of sexual appetite, and the satyrs are always lusting after the nymphs.

HAec sunt foedae libidinis expressissima symbola
Satyrus, sive hircus (animal salacissimum, & ad
Venerem maximè pronum) capite gestans erucam,
herbam virtutus calidissimae (ab urendo dictam) si-
gnificat luxuriam putidam & olentem esse in actu
& in affectu ardentem.

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Luxure, ou paillardise.

FAunus au pied-bouquin, coronné de roquette,
Representé icy, nous montre apparemment
L’acte de Paillardise, où trop desbordement
On se lasche en desir qui n’est bon ny honneste.
Car la Roquette eschauffe, & le Bouc est tousjours
Bruslant du feu villain de ses salles amours:
Les Satyres paillars de mesme tousjours saillent
De grand ardeur qu’ils ont, & les Nymphes travaillent.

Icy sont les vrayes marques de la paillar-
dise. Le Satyre, ou le bouc (qui est un ani-
mal fort paillard, & enclin au deduit Vene-
rien
) estant coronné de Roquette, herbe de
qualité fort chaude (ditte des Latins eruca
ab urendo
, parce qu’elle brusle) signifie que la
paillardise est villainement puante en son
act, & eschauffee en son affection & premier
mouvement.

Notes:

1.  Rocket is described as herba salax at Ovid, Ars amatoria, 4.22. Pliny, Natural History, 10.83.182 and 19.44.154, lists it as an aphrodisiac.

2.  Satyrs were creatures half-human, half-goat in form, like Faunus, and Pan with whom Faunus was often identified. See emblems 97 ([FALc097]), and 122 ([FALc122]). Cf. Horace, Odes, 3.18.1: ‘Faunus, you who lust after the fleeing nymphs’.


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