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POTENTIA AMORIS.

The power of Love

Nudus amor viden ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat, habet.[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet & terrae iura dat 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, and he imposes his rule, of course, on land and sea.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A34a080] and [A34a096]. The blindfold, although a traditional attribute of Cupid, is inappropriate here.

2.  Later editions read Scilicet ut terrae iura det atque mari.


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  • 'Terra', 'Carro della terra' (Ripa) [21B0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Acqua', 'Carro dell'acqua' (Ripa) [21D0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generosità dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtù del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Forza d'amore, Forza d'amore si nell'acqua come in terra' (Ripa) [56F2515] Search | Browse Iconclass

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IN EUM QUI TRUCULENTIA
suorum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people.

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Delphinum invitum me in littora compulit estus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines, navibus esse putet?[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

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1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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