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REVERENTIAM IN
matrimonio requiri.

Respect is required in marriage

Emblema. 190.

Cum furit in venerem, pelagi se in littore sistit
Vipera & ab stomacho dira venena vomit:[1]
Muraenamque ciens ingentia sibila tollit,
At simul amplexus appetit illa viri.[2]
Maxima debetur thalamo reverentia: coniux
Alternum debet coniugi & obsequium.[3]

When the viper is sexually aroused, it stations itself on the sea-shore and ejects the dread poisons from its gut. To summon the moray eel, it raises a loud hissing, but she at the same time desires the embrace of her mate. - Great reverence is owed to the marriage bed, and the partners owe each other mutual respect.

Notes:

1.  For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.

2.  There is a variant reading, At subito amplexum, ‘ ...and suddenly she comes to the embrace of her mate’.

3.  Some editions give a variant reading Aeternum ... obsequium, ‘never-ending respect’.


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REVERENTIAM IN
matrimonio requiri.

Respect is required in marriage

Emblema. 190.

Cum furit in venerem, pelagi se in littore sistit
Vipera & ab stomacho dira venena vomit:[1]
Muraenamque ciens ingentia sibila tollit,
At simul amplexus appetit illa viri.[2]
Maxima debetur thalamo reverentia: coniux
Alternum debet coniugi & obsequium.[3]

When the viper is sexually aroused, it stations itself on the sea-shore and ejects the dread poisons from its gut. To summon the moray eel, it raises a loud hissing, but she at the same time desires the embrace of her mate. - Great reverence is owed to the marriage bed, and the partners owe each other mutual respect.

Notes:

1.  For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.

2.  There is a variant reading, At subito amplexum, ‘ ...and suddenly she comes to the embrace of her mate’.

3.  Some editions give a variant reading Aeternum ... obsequium, ‘never-ending respect’.


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