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Douleur & volupté.

Au monde estoient Douleur & Volupté
Tousjours en noise, en discord et en guerre
Leur debat vint jusqu’a la majesté
De Jupiter, qui veult du faict enquerre:
Leurs testes print, leurs cheveulx mesle & serre
L’un parmy l’autre, & tant s’entrelasserent
Que Volupté & Douleur sur la terre,
Ensemble sont, depuis ne se laisserent.[1]

Notes:

1.  Cf. Plato, Phaedrus, 60c, where Socrates recounts this story, but without specifying that the goddesses were linked by their hair. For the interconnectedness of pain and pleasure in another format, see Alciato “Dulcia quandoque amara fieri” ([FALa089] and related).


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