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Potentissimus affectus amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

Emblema cv.

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis,
Expressus gemma pusio vincat amor?
Utque manu hac scuticam tenet, hac ut flectis habenas,
Utque est in pueri plurimus ore decor.
Dira lues procul esto, feram qui vincere talem
Est potis, à nobis temperet ánne manus?[1]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. He rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. In one hand he holds a lash, with the other he guides the reins, and on his countenance rests the loveliness of youth. - Dread pestilence keep far away. Would one who has the power to conquer such a beast keep his hands from us?

EX Graeco Argentarii: quo significatur viros for-
tissimos, & alioqui sanctissimos saepe amore prae-
pediri: neque mirum videri si imbecilliores eius iu
go tam facilè subiiciantur.

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L’affection d’Amour est de
grand force.

VOy-tu comme Amour se brague,
En ceste esmaillee bague,
Les lions mesme domtant:
D’un costé leur tient la bride,
D’autre il les foette & les guide,
Brief, en tout les surmontant.
Il est fort beau quant au reste,
Mais, ô malheureuse peste!
Pensez qu’il y fait bien seur:
Car s’il traite ainsi à l’aise
Une beste si mauvaise,
Nous devons bien avoir peur.

CEcy est du Grec d’Argentarius: dont
nous apprenons que les hommes plus
excellens, & de grand’ saincteté de vie sont
souvent empestrez d’amour: & n’estre de
merveille, si les petis compagnons y sont
aisément attirez.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions.


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