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Luxuria.

Licentiousness

Emblema lxxii.

Eruca capripes redimitus tempora Faunus
Immodicae Veneris symbola certa refert.
Est eruca salax,[1] indéxque libidinis hircus:
Et Satyri nymphas, semper amare solent.[2]

Goat-footed Faunus, his temples garlanded with the herb rocket, provides unmistakable symbols of desire without restraint. Rocket stimulates desire, the goat is a symbol of sexual appetite, and the satyrs are always lusting after the nymphs.

HAec sunt foedae libidinis expressissima symbola
Satyrus, sive hircus (animal salacissimum, & ad
Venerem maximè pronum) capite gestans erucam,
herbam virtutus calidissimae (ab urendo dictam) si-
gnificat luxuriam putidam & olentem esse in actu
& in affectu ardentem.

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Luxure, ou paillardise.

FAunus au pied-bouquin, coronné de roquette,
Representé icy, nous montre apparemment
L’acte de Paillardise, où trop desbordement
On se lasche en desir qui n’est bon ny honneste.
Car la Roquette eschauffe, & le Bouc est tousjours
Bruslant du feu villain de ses salles amours:
Les Satyres paillars de mesme tousjours saillent
De grand ardeur qu’ils ont, & les Nymphes travaillent.

Icy sont les vrayes marques de la paillar-
dise. Le Satyre, ou le bouc (qui est un ani-
mal fort paillard, & enclin au deduit Vene-
rien
) estant coronné de Roquette, herbe de
qualité fort chaude (ditte des Latins eruca
ab urendo
, parce qu’elle brusle) signifie que la
paillardise est villainement puante en son
act, & eschauffee en son affection & premier
mouvement.

Notes:

1.  Rocket is described as herba salax at Ovid, Ars amatoria, 4.22. Pliny, Natural History, 10.83.182 and 19.44.154, lists it as an aphrodisiac.

2.  Satyrs were creatures half-human, half-goat in form, like Faunus, and Pan with whom Faunus was often identified. See emblems 97 ([FALc097]), and 122 ([FALc122]). Cf. Horace, Odes, 3.18.1: ‘Faunus, you who lust after the fleeing nymphs’.


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Luxuriosorum opes.

The wealth of the dissipated.

Rupibus aëris, summique crepidine saxi
Immites fructus ficus acerba parit,
Quos corvi comedunt, quos devorat improba cornix.
Qui nihil humanae commoditatis habent.
ic [=Sic] fatuorum opibus parasiti, & scorta fruuntur:
Et nulla iustos utilitate iuvant.[1]

On towering cliffs, on the brink of the highest crag, the bitter fig-tree bears its sharp fruit. These the ravens eat, these the rascally crow devours, fruit that offers nothing of any good to man. Even so, parasites and whores enjoy the wealth of fools - decent persons get no benefit from it.

Notes:

1.  This is based on an idea in Anthologia Graeca, 12.185.


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