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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 qud 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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    NATURE.

    La vertu de Nature.

    Pan (C’est Nature) on honnore en tout lieu
    Demy-bouc homme, & homme demy-Dieu:
    Des le nombril au dessus, il est homme,
    Du coeur au chef. Car raison monte en somme.
    Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [H4r p119]Bouc au dessoubz: Car Nature aeternelle
    Tous animaulx faict par couple charnelle,
    Et commune est tous brutz celle arsure,
    Or est le bouc enseigne de Luxure.
    Au chief, & coeur, Prudence tient maison,
    Mais au dessoubz n’est moyen ne raison.

    Tres bel Embleme, donnant entendre
    l’homme estre de diverses natures, se-
    lon ses diverses parties superieures, &
    inferieures, C’est savoir divine &
    raisonnable: & humaine au dessus. Be-
    stiale, & diabolicque au dessoubz: Et
    pource l’homme estre en Nature tout.
    que les Grecz dient Pan. Et le figu-
    rent demy homme, & demy bouc.


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