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De mort, & d’Amour.[1]

Prosopopoeie. et Apostrophe.

Amour & Mort, ensemble voyagerent:
Mort ung carquoys, Amour des traictz avoit.
Ensemble au soir coucherent, & logerent:
Aveugle Amour, aveugle Mort estoit:
Car les traictz print l’ung de l’aultre à mal droict,
Mort les traictz d’or, Amour ceulx d’ossement.
D’ond le vieillard, qui mort estre debvroit
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M8v p192] Porte boucquetz & aime doulcement:
Moy de ces traictz (changéz trop faulsement)
Feru je meurs, & jeune, mort demeure.
Pardonne enfant, Mort pardonne au torment:
Fay moy aimer, fay que le vieillard meure.

Cest Embleme est de tresbonne, & an-
cienne invention des Grecz, laquelle bien
enrichie, & plus au long descripte, qui la
vouldra veoir, lise Jean le Maire de Bel-
ges
. Selon le sens de laquelle: on voit sou
vent advenir que les jeunes meurent: &
les vieillardz de-
viennent folz amoureux,
qui est une des trois choses desplaisantes
à Dieu, & au monde.

Notes:

1.  The iconography of the emblems ‘De morte et amore’ and ‘In formosam fato praereptam’ (next emblem) is confused in many editions.


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Section: LA REPUBLICQUE. View all emblems in this section.

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La Republicque delivrée.[1]

Caesar occis, la liberté vengée
Par le Duc Brut fut monnoie forgée,
Ou une dague, & ung bonnet estoient,
Tel que les serfz affranchiz le portoient.[2]

Brut Capitaine de la republicque Rommaine, pour memoi-
re d’avoir restitué la liberté oppressée par la domination de
Caesar, par luy occis, feit forger monnoie à la marque d’une
dague, denotant l’occision de Caesar, & d’ung bonnet, signifiant
la liberté de la Republicque. Car les libertins. (C’est à dire serfz
affranchiz) quand ilz sortoient de servitude, & entroient en li-
berté: Ilz prenoient le bonnet, Comme encore au jourdhuy font les
Maistres es arts à Paris, passans de scholasticque discipline, à mai-
trise, & laissans la ceincture enseigne de servitude, & subjection.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  Julius Caesar, who had become in effect the sole ruler of Rome, was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC by Marcus and Decimus Brutus, Cassius and other conspirators. Alciato describes the well-known coin-type celebrating the restoration of republican government issued by Brutus after the murder. This bears the legend EID.MAR. (The Ides of March) across the lower section; above this, occupying the upper two thirds of the coin face, are two upright daggers with a cap of liberty between. Alciato had presumably seen or owned such a coin. He wrote a short treatise on ancient coins.


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