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Fidei symbolum.

The symbol of good faith

Stet depictus Honortyrio velatus amictu,
Eiusque iungat nuda dextram Veritas.
Sitque Amor in medio castus,[1] cui tempora circum
Rosa it, Diones pulchrior Cupidine.[2]
Constituunt haec signa fidem, reverentia Honoris
Quam fovet, alit Amor, parturitque Veritas.

Let Honour stand depicted, clothed in a garment of Tyrian purple, and let naked Truth hold his right hand. Between them, let chaste Love be represented, his brow garlanded with roses, but fairer than Cupid, Dione’s boy. These images constitute good faith, which the reverence due to Honour fosters, Love feeds, Truth brings to birth.

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La divise de Foy.

Honneur descarlate vestu,
Touchant en main a Verite,
Entre eulx deux amour de vertu.
Qui a lart de Venus quicte.
Lhistoire est de fidelite,
Estant par vray dire produicte,
Damour nourrie en purite,
Et soubz crainte dhonneur conduite.

Notes:

1.  Amor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A39a072] and [A39a081].

2.  ‘Dione’s boy’. Strictly Dione was the mother of Venus, but was often identified in poetry with Venus herself, the mother of Cupid.


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La devise de foy.

XCV.

Honneur de fin pourpre vestu,
Touchant en main à Verité,
Entre eux deux Amour de vertu,[1]
Qui a l’art de Venus quité.
L’histoire est de fidelité,
Estant par vray dire produite,
D’amour nourrie en purité,
Et sous crainte d’honneur conduite.

commentaires.

On dit que la Foy est composee de trois: dont
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I5v p138] l’Honneur en est l’un, habillé de fin pourpre, lequel
joint sa dextre à la dextre de Verité: Verité, qui est
comme nue, sans aucun fard, ny embellissement recer-
ché. Aux [=Au] milieu d’eux est l’Amour chaste, ayant
une couronne de roses en sa teste, duquel nous avons
parlé en l’embleme 81, lequel est beaucoup plus beau
que l’amour lascif. Ces trois marques donc establis-
sent la Foy. La saincte Verité l’engendre, le vray
Amour la nourrit, & la reverence de l’Honneur la
fomente.

Notes:

1.  Love of Virtue (Anteros), for which see [FALd071] and [FALd081].


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