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Vis naturae.

The power of nature

LXXVI [=77] .

Pana colunt gentes, (naturam hoc dicere rerum est)
Semicaprumque hominem, semivirumque Deum.
Vir tenus umblico est, hominum quòd propria virtus[1]
Corde oriens celsa verticis arce sedet.
Hinc caper est, quia nos naturam [=natura] in secla propagat
Concubitu, ut volucres, squamea, bruta, feras.
Quod commune aliis animantibus, est caper index
Luxuriae, Veneris, signaque aperta gerit.
Cordi alii sophian, alii tribuere cerebro.
Inferiora modus, nec ratio ulla tenet.

Pagans worship Pan, that is the force of nature, a man half-goat, a god half-man. Pan is a man down to the navel, because the power that is peculiar to men rises from the heart and has its seat in the high citadel of the head. Below this he is goat, because Nature perpetuates us down the ages by sexual intercourse, as she does birds, fish, brute beasts and wild. This is a thing shared with other living creatures. The goat is a sign of licentiousness, and carries Venus’ standards unconcealed. Wisdom some have assigned to the heart, others to the head. The lower parts neither restraint nor reason governs.

Notes:

1.  Variant reading, Est vir pube tenus, quod nobis insita virtus, ‘Pan is a man down to the loins, because the power that is naturally present in us men rises...’.


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    EMBLEMA LVII.

    Natura, seu vis naturae

    Nature, or the power of nature

    Pana colunt gentes (naturam hoc dicere rerum est)
    Semi caprumque hominem, semivirumque Deum.
    Est vir pubetenus, quod nobis insita virtus,
    Corde oriens, celsa verticis arce sedet.[1]
    Huic caper est, quia nos natura in secla propagat
    Concubitu, ut volucres, squamea, Bruta, feras,
    Quod commune aliis animantibus, est caper index
    Luxuriae, veneris signaque aperta gerit.
    Cordi alii sophiam, alii tribuere cerebro,
    Inferiora, modus nec ratio ulla tenet.

    Pagans worship Pan, that is the force of nature, a man half-goat, a god half-man. Pan is a man down to the loins, because that power that is naturally present in us men rises from the heart and has its seat in the high citadel of the head. Below this he is goat, because Nature perpetuates us down the ages by sexual intercourse, as she does birds, fish, brute beasts and wild. This is a thing shared with other living creatures. The goat is a sign of licentiousness, and carries Venus’ standards unconcealed. Wisdom some have assigned to the heart, others to the head. The lower parts neither restraint nor reason governs.

    Das LVII.

    Die Natur oder deren macht.

    Die Heyden ehren ein Geiß Mann
    Den ich aller ding Natur kan
    Nennen, so ist ein Mensch halb Geiß
    Und ein halber Mann der Gott weiß
    Ein Mann ist er biß auff den Nabl
    Dieweil der tugent eigner zabl
    Und ursprung in dem Hertzen ist
    Und in dem Haupt sie hat ir nist
    Daher aber ist er Geiß art
    Dieweil nur sie in dieser fart
    Alle so an die Welt zeigt werdn
    Wie dVögel, dFisch, und sGwild auff erdn
    An dem er ander ist gemein
    Zeigt an der Bock on keusch und grein
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G5r f40r] Der dann kundtbarn zeichn tragen thut
    Der lieb, geilheit und freyen muth
    Die weißheit eigen etlich zu
    Das in dem Hertzen hab ir rhu
    Etlich aber in dem Kopff frey
    Dem undn wont wedr maß noch weiß bey.

    Notes:

    1.  Variant reading: hominum quod propria virtus, ‘because the power that is peculiar to men’.


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