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Potentia Amoris.

The power of Love

Emblema cvi.

Nudus Amor viden’ ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat habet:[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae iura det atque mari.[2]

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.

ID etiam ex Graeco: ex quo discimus Amorem &
in terris & in aquis imperium obtinere in quod-
cúnque animantium genus, quod ostenditur sym-
bolo rosae sive floris, qui terram, & piscis, qui mare
designat.

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Puissance d’Amour.

VOy l’Amour paisible, humain,
Et qui traitte d’une main
Un poisson, d’autre une rose:
Tout nud sans arc, & sans trait:
A le voir ainsi pourtrait,
Il n’y a si douce chose.
La Rose qu’en main il tient,
Et le poisson qu’il soutient,
C’est un expres & vray signe,
Qu’il pretend resolument
Autant de commandement
En terre qu’en la marine.

CEstuy est aussi du Grec: dont nous som-
mes enseignez qu’Amour a commen-
dement & sur la terre & sur l’eau à l’endroit
de toutes sortes d’animaux, ce que se mon-
tre par la rose ou fleur, qui signifie la terre:
& par le poisson, qui represente la mer.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [FALc109] and [FALc113].

2.  Variant reading in 1550, Scilicet et terrae iura dat ..., ‘to be sure he imposes his rule both on land ...’.


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Potentissimus affectus Amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis
Expressus gemma pusio vincat Amor.
Utque manu hac scuticam teneat, hac flectat habenas:
Utque sit in pueri plurimus ore decor.[1]
Dira lues procul esto, feram qui vincere talem
Est potis, à nobis temperet an ne manus? [2]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. See how he rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. How in one hand he holds a lash, with the other he guides the reins, and on his countenance rests the loveliness of youth. - Dread pestilence keep far away. Would one who has the power to conquer such a beast keep his hands from us?

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Amour affection trespuissante.

Pensez a ce petit chartier,
Qui sceit mettre au joug les Lyons,
Nous pourra il point chastier,
Et ouvrer sur ce que voulions?
Noz cueurs dont fault que allieurs plions:
Car sil est puissant pour telz bestes,
Pensez vous que nous en allions,
Sans quil nous lie cueurs & testes?

Notes:

1.  In some editions, this sequence of subjunctives is changed to indicative.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions.


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