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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 generosità dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtù del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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Potentissimus affectus amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

VII.

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis,
Expressus gemma pusio vincat amor:
Utque manu hac scuticam teneat, hac flectat habenas,
Utque sit in pueri plurimus ore decor.[1]
Dira lues procul esto, feram qui vincere talem,
Est potis, à nobis temperet an ne manus? [2]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. See how he rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. How 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?

COMMENTARIA.

Videre est, mirum quàm fit fortissimus auri-
ga parvulus puer Cupido (Amoris Deus, fi-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [b1v p18]lius Veneris qui à variis variè describitur)
adeoque ut etiam vires ferocissimi Leonis su-
peret audaculus. dextra flagellum tenet, sini-
straque loros & habenas dirigit, faciemque interim
monstrat blandam & amabilem. Sed absit lon-
gè & pereat huiusmodi lues: si enim bestiam
usque adẹ feram, domare & vincere potest,
quanto facilius nos imbecillos homines su-
peraret? Res immoderata Cupido est, inquit
Ovidius lib. 4. de Ponto. Sed videndus est de
hac re omnino Crinitius lib. 16. ca. 4. de honesta
disciplina Quem obsecro non vincit Amor, vel
etiam sanctissimos viros? Quis Davide san-
ctior? quis Salomone sapientior? quis Sampso-
ne
fortior? Amore tamen superati omnes.

Notes:

1.  In some editions, this sequence of subjunctives is changed to indicative.

2.  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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