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De la vida humana.

OTTAVA ACEPHALA.

Llora Heraclito si llorar solias,
Que mas ay que llorar aora en la vida.
Democrito, si alguna vez reias
Aora rie, que mas està perdida.
Mientras mas miro, mas con vos barrunto
Como podre reyr y llorar junto.[1]

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A49a165]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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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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