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Che i consigli appalesar non si debbono.

One’s counsels should not be revealed.


L’infame Mostro; che con nobil arte
Dedalo chiuse in cieco Labirintho.
In ogni impresa il buon popol di Marte
Ne le bandiere sue portÚ dipinto,
Per darne a diveder, ch’in chiusa parte,
E da silentio d’ogn’intorno cinto
Dev’esser di chi regge ogni consiglio.
Che inteso, apporta ogn’hor danno, e periglo.


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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, ŗ 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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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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