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Contrepoison de Venus.

Par dent de porc, mort Adonis le beau:
Venus luy feit es Laictues tombeau:[1]
D’ond la Laictue autant peut resister
Au faict d’amour, que Rocquete exciter.[2]

La Rocquete eschauffe, & la Laictue refroi-
dit. Par lesquelles deux herbes est donné ŕ en-
tendre que raison, & temperance de vivre a-
mortit le feu de Luxure, que intemperance enflamble.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Venus and Adonis and his fatal wounding by a wild boar, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 10.529ff. and 705ff.

See Emblem 66 ([FALb066]). The effects of the plants rocket and lettuce are contrasted at Pliny, Natural History, 19.44.154.

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    Adversus naturam pec-
    cantes.[1]

    Those sinning against nature.

    XLVIII.

    Turpe quidem factu. sed & est res improba dictu, [2]
    Excipiat si quis choenice ventris onus.
    Mensuram legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
    Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[3]

    It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

    Notes:

    1.  With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

    2.  In the 1621 version, factu and dictu are swapped round.

    3.  This emblem is omitted in most editions.


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