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Temeritas.

Rashness

LXXII [=73] .

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga, effraeni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facile huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat
Et temerè proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

Notes:

1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in some commentaries.


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    Lasciveté.

    LXXII.

    Je ne voy point pourquoy la marthe subeline[1]
    De mignarde mollesse aux humains soit le signe.
    Est-ce pource qu’elle est de soy voluptueuse?
    Ou pource qu’elle rend la femme plus pompeuse?
    Le Sarmatique rat civette on veut nommer,[2]
    Mais le musc Arabic se fait fort renommer.[3]

    Commentaires.

    Tout parfum sent la luxure, & est de mauvais
    presage, principalement à l’endroict des femmes. Cel-
    le là est de bonne odeur, qui n’en a point du tout.
    Le musc, & semblables parfums font voir que ceux
    qui en usent ont le coeur mol, & addonné à luxure.
    Ce qui s’appelle rat Sarmatic, les autres l’appellent
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P3v p230] chat. Or & le chat & le rat sont animaux fort lu-
    xurieux.

    Notes:

    1.  zibeline, ‘civet cat’, one source of musk, an ingredient in many perfumes.

    2.  Sarmatia was the region north of the Black Sea.

    3.  The words ‘mouse’ and ‘musk’ are connected, from the mouse-shaped sac of the male animals which produce musk. Some plants have a musky smell. Arabia was famous for plants which produced aromatic gums (e.g. incense and nard).


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