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Fidei symbolum.

The symbol of good faith

XCV.

Stet depictus Honor tyrio 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.

XCV.

Honneur descarlate vestu,
Touchant en main a Verité,
Entre eulx deux amour de vertu,
Qui a l’art de Venus quicté.
L’histoire est de fidelité,
Estant par vray dire produicte,
D’amour nourrie en purité,
Et soubz crainte d’honneur conduicte.

Notes:

1.  Amor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A42a072] and [A42a081].

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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EI QUI SEMEL SUA PRO-
degerit, aliena credi non
oportere.

Others’ property should not be entrusted to a person who has once squandered his own

Cholchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? eheu
Nescia cur pullos tam male credis avis.
Dira parens Medaea suos saevissima natos
Perdidit, & speras parcat ut illa tuis.[1]

Why do you build your nest in the bosom of the woman from Colchis? Alas, ignorant bird, why do you entrust your nestlings so mistakenly? That frightful mother, Medea, in her savagery slew her own children. Do you expect her to spare yours?

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea. Colchidos, ‘of the woman from Colchis’, refers to Medea, from Colchis on the Black Sea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further [A34a034].


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