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Potentia Amoris.

The power of Love

Nudus Amor viden’ ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat habet.[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K5v f64v]Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem:
Scilicet ut terrae iura det, atque mari.

Do you see how Love, all naked, smiles, do you see his gentle glance? He has no torches, nor a bow to bend, but in one of his hands he holds flowers, in the other a fish, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.


Der Liebe gewalt.

Sich an die bloß Lieb wie lieblich
Sie lacht, und freundtlich ansicht dich
Und tregt weder die brünnend Flamm
Nach dem [=Noch den] gekrümbten Bogn on zam
Sonder in der ein Hand er hat
Blumen, in der andern Fisch drat
Damit zeigt er an daß er sey
Ein Herr deß Erdrichs und Meers frey.


1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See Emblem 104 ([A67a104]) and Emblem 96 ([A67a096]).

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