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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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    La force de Nature.

    LXXVII.

    Les ethniques à Pan, comme à un Dieu servoyent
    Mais sous le nom de Pan nature ils entendoyent.

    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P5v p234]

    My homme & demi bouc ce Pan cy on figure:
    Mais homme par le haut, parce que par nature
    La raison sort du coeur, & au cerveau prend place:
    Par le bas demi bouc: car nature pourchasse
    Que de tous animaux la race continue
    Par mutuel baiser. Par le bouc entendue
    La luxure nous est: comme aussi il en porte
    Des signes evidents: & puis en nulle sorte
    Dés la ceincture en bas nous n’avons rien qui tende
    A mediocrité, ou qui raison entende.

    commentaires.

    Pan, symbole de la nature humaine, est composé
    de deux diverses natures: pource que l’homme par sa
    prudence & par son esprit tient de la divinité, mais
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P6r p235] les autres facultés l’homme les a communes avec les
    bestes. Les uns logent la prudence & la raison au
    coeur, pource qu’il est le commencement de la vie. Les
    autres en la teste, comme font presque tous les Phi-
    losophes.


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