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DULCIA QUANDOQUE AMA-
ra fieri.

Sweetness turns at times to bitterness

Emblema 110.

Matre procul licta, paulum secesserat infans
Lydius: hunc dirae sed rapuistis apes.
Venerat hic ad vos placidas ratus esse volucres,
Cum nec ita immittis vipera saeva foret:
Quae datis, ah, dulci stimulos pro munere mellis:
Proh dolor, heu sine te gratia nulla datur.[1]

A Lydian babe had strayed some way off, leaving his mother at a distance, but you made away with him, you dreadful bees. He had come to you, thinking you harmless winged creatures, yet a merciless viper would not be as savage as you. Instead of the sweet gift of honey, ah me, you give stings. Ah pain, without you, alas, no delight is granted.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.548 , where a baby, called Hermonax, is stung to death. See also Anthologia graeca 9.302 for another epigram treating the same incident.


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Douceur porte bien amertume.

LXXXIX.

Cupidon peu loing de sa mere,
Mouche à miel pour oisel prenant,
Sentit tost sa morsure amere:
Si crie, & fuit incontinent.
Venus rid, puis dit: maintenant
Si mouche à miel fust amoureuse,
Tell’ douleur ne te fust donnant:
Sans toy toute chose est fascheuse.[1]

commentaires.

Cupidon, s’estant mal à propos esloigné de sa mere

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Venus, alla vers des abeilles, pour cueillir leur miel:
mais elles se jecterent sur luy furieusement, & le pic-
querent en plusieurs endroits: si qu’il luy convint
s’enfuir bien viste vers sa mere. Nous sommes appris
par cest embleme, que bien peu souvent avons nous
de la joye & de la douceur, qu’il n’y ayt quelque
douleur & fascherie meslee parmi.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.548 , where a baby, called Hermonax, is stung to death. See also Anthologia graeca 9.302 for another epigram treating the same incident.


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