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SINE CERERE, & BACCHO
FRIGET VENUS.

VENUS STAYS FRIGID WITHOUT BACCHUS AND CERES

Liber,[1] & alma Ceres Venerem comitantur utrinque
Aureáque altari stat Venus in medio.
Δημήτρ’ εἲς βίον ἐστὶν Αμαλθείας[2] κέρας αἰγὸς.
Και σταφύλη Βάκχῳ κληματικὴ Βρομίῳ[3]
Scilicet id signum quod ibi Venus est: ubi abundat
Copia magna cibi, copia magna meri.
Spumat enim fervente mero de ventre libido,
Atque cibo. sine quêis languet, & alget iners.

Liber and nourishing Ceres accompany Venus one to each side, and Venus stands between them on a golden altar. DEMETER HAS FOR SUSTENANCE THE HORN OF THE AMALTHEIA GOAT AND BACCHUS BROMIUS THE BUNCH OF THE VINE. This, you should know, is a sign that Venus is wherever there is a great supply of food and a great supply of wine. For lust froths upward out of the belly as the wine and food boils. Without them, it languishes and falls frigid.

Notes:

1.  Liber: the Roman Dionysus (Bacchus).

2.  Amaltheia: the wet-nurse of Zeus, who suckled him in his infancy when he was a refugee on Mt. Ida in Crete, The aigis was sewn from her hide, and her horn became the cornucopia.

3.  Bromius: an Eleusinian cult-title of Bacchus: “Thunderer”.



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