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Potentia amoris.

The power of Love


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.


Amor Cupido puerulus, nudus astat, subri-
dens, perqum amabili & blando vultu, nec
ignem secum habet, nec tela, nec arcum, sed al-
tera manu flores gerit, altera ver piscem
ostendit, significans potentiam suam, tam in
mari qum in terra validam, flores nanque
terrae, pisces autem maris sunt, ut omnes
Potae pleni. Egregi autem post sexcentos
potas, de potestate amoris canit etiam Cri-
libro primo pomatum.


1. These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A56a081] and [A56a097].

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