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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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Non vulganda consilia.

Keep counsels secret.

Limine quod caeco obscura & caligine monstrum[1]
Gnosiacis clausit Daedalus in latebris,
Depictum Romana phalanx in praelia gestat,
Semiviroque nitent signa superba[2] bove,
Nosque monent, debere ducum secreta[3] latere
Consilia, authori cognita techna nocet.

The monster that Daedalus imprisoned in its Cretan lair, with hidden entrance and obscuring darkness, the Roman phalanx carries painted into battle; the proud standards flash with the half-man bull. These remind us that the secret plans of leaders must stay hid. A ruse once known brings harm to its author.

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Tenir encloz secret.

Jadiz Romains firent portraire
Minotaurus en leur enseigne:
Dire en ce voulans, quon doibt taire
Secret de quelque part quil viegne:
Et affin que surce on compreigne
De te le [=tel] paincture la raison,
Nul nest vivant qui entrepreigne,
Tirer tel monstre hors sa maison.

Notes:

1.  ‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2.  According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3.  Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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