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AD IDEM

On the same thing

Alveolis dum mella legit, percussit amorem,
Furacem mala apes, & summis spicula liquit,
In digitis, tumido gemit at puer ungue[1]
Et quatit errabundus humum, Venerique dolorem,
Indicat et graviter queritur, quod apicula parvum
Ipsa inferre animal tam noxia vulnera possit.
Cui ridens Venus, hanc imitaris tu quoque dixit
Nate feram, qui das tot noxia vulnera parvus.[2]

While he was taking honey from the hives, a vicious bee stung thieving Amor, and left its sting in the end of his finger. The boy in distress cried out as his finger-end swelled up. He ran about, stamping his foot, showed his hurt to Venus, and complained bitterly that a little bee, that tiny creature, could inflict such grievous wounds. Venus smiled at him and said, “You are like this creature, my son; small as you are you deal many a grievous wound”.

Notes:

1. áanxius is added here from the 1534 Paris/Wechel edition onwards. Omission upsets the scansion.

2. áIn later editions, this becomes clearly a separate emblem, but here should perhaps more properly be regarded as a second subscriptio for the previous emblem.


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    FIDEI SYMBOLUM.

    The symbol of good faith

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    Stet depictus honor tyrio velatus amictu,
    Eiusque iungat nuda dextram veritas.
    Sitque amor in medio castus,[1] cui tempora circum.
    Rosa it, Dyones pulchrior cupidine.[2]
    Constituunt haec signa fidem, reverentia honoris,
    Quam fovet, alit amor, parturitque veritas.

    Let Honour stand depicted, clothed in a garment of Tyrian purple, and let naked Truth hold his right hand. Between them, let chaste Love be represented, his brow garlanded with roses, but fairer than Cupid, Dione’s boy. These images constitute good faith, which the reverence due to Honour fosters, Love feeds, Truth brings to birth.

    Notes:

    1. áAmor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A31b072] and [A31b080].

    2. á‘Dione’s boy’. Strictly Dione was the mother of Venus, but was often identified in poetry with Venus herself, the mother of Cupid.


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