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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [F1r p81]

Quà Dii vocant eundum.

Go where Heaven calls

In trivio mons est lapidum, supereminet illi
Trunca Dei effigies, pectore facta tenus:
Mercurii est igitur tumulus, suspende viator
Serta Deo, rectum qui tibi monstrat iter.[1]
Omnes in trivio sumus, atque hoc tramite vitae
Fallimur, ostendat ni Deus ipse viam.

At a parting of the ways, there is a hillock of stones. Rising above it is a half-statue of a god, fashioned as far down as the chest. So the hill is Mercury’s. Traveller, hang wreaths in honour of the god who points out the road to you. We are all at the crossroads, and on this track of life we go wrong, unless God himself shows us the way.

Notes:

1.  Mercury was, among his many other functions, the god of travellers.


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Potentia Amoris.

The power of Love

LXXVI.

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.

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.

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Gewalt der Lieb.

LXXVI.

Sih wie Cupido on all sein wehr
Hie ploß stet gmalt, und freuntlich lacht,
Als ob er niembt zu schaden bger,
Zaygt doch darneben an sein macht,
Zu lannd und meêr, das nim dier acht
Bey dem fisch und bluem so er tregt,
Es furcht sein regiment, und pracht,
Was sich in aller welt erregt.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A42b081] and [A42b097].


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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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