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POTENTIA AMORIS.

The power of Love

Emblema 105.

Nudus Amor viden ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat, habet:[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae iura det, atque mari.[2]

Do you see how Love, all naked, smiles, do you see his gentle glance? He has no torches, nor a bow to bend, but in one of his hands he holds flowers, in the other a fish, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A15a108] and [A15a112].

2.  Variant reading, Scilicet et terrae iura dat ..., ‘to be sure he imposes his rule both on land ...’.


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  • 'Terra', 'Carro della terra' (Ripa) [21B0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Acqua', 'Carro dell'acqua' (Ripa) [21D0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositą dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtł del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Forza d'amore, Forza d'amore si nell'acqua come in terra' (Ripa) [56F2515] Search | Browse Iconclass

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QUI ALTA CONTEMPLANTUR
cadere.

Those who contemplate the heights come to grief

Emblema 103.

Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,
Et iacta altivolam figit[1] arundo gruem,
Dipsada non prudens auceps pede perculit: ultrix
Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore iacit.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Ll1v f265v]Sic obit, extento qui sidera respicit arcu,
Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes.[2]

While he tricks thrushes with bird-lime, larks with snares, while his speeding shaft pierces the high-flying crane, the careless bird-hunter steps on a snake; avenging the injury, it spits the darting venom from its jaws. So he dies, a man who gazes at the stars with bow at the ready, oblivious of the mishap lying before his feet.

Notes:

1.  Corrected by hand in the Glasgow copy.

2.  See Anthologia graeca 7.172 and Aesop, Fables 137.


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