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Fidei symbolum.

The symbol of good faith

Stet depictus Honortyrio velatus amictu,
Eiusque iungat nuda dextram Veritas.
Sitque Amor in medio castus,[1] cui tempora circum
Rosa it, Diones pulchrior Cupidine.[2]
Constituunt haec signa fidem, reverentia Honoris
Quam fovet, alit Amor, parturitque veritas.

Let Honour stand depicted, clothed in a garment of Tyrian purple, and let naked Truth hold his right hand. Between them, let chaste Love be represented, his brow garlanded with roses, but fairer than Cupid, Dione’s boy. These images constitute good faith, which the reverence due to Honour fosters, Love feeds, Truth brings to birth.

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La devise de Foy.

Honneur descarlate vestu,
Touchant en main a Verite,
Entre eulx deux amour de vertu.
Qui a lart de Venus quicte.
Lhistoire est de fidelite,
Estant par vray dire produicte,
Damour nourrie en purite,
Et soubz crainte dhonneur conduite.


1. áAmor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [FALa072] and [FALa081].

2. á‘Dione’s boy’. Strictly Dione was the mother of Venus, but was often identified in poetry with Venus herself, the mother of Cupid.

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