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Amour, affection trespuissante.

VII.

Voyez ce petit charretier,
Qui sait mettre au joug les Lions,
Nous pourra-il point chastier,
Pour faire ce que ne voudrions?
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [A8r p15] Nos coeurs donc faut qu’ailleurs plions:
Car s’il est puissant pour ces bestes,
Pensez vous que nous en allions,
Sans qu’il nous lie coeurs & testes?[1]

commentaires.

C’est une chose admirable, de la force de l’enfant
Cupidon, qu’il en vienne jusques l, que de domter les
farouches lions. Il tient son fouet en la droite, & et avec
la gauche il manie le renes & la bride: & toutesfois
il a le visage benin & amiable. Loin de nous, loin
de nous ceste peste: car s’il peut venir bout de dom-
ter & vaincre une si furieuse beste, il nous pourra
beaucoup plus aisement surmonter & mettre sous son
joug: nous, dis je, qui sommes si foibles & imbecilles.
Qui a est plus sainct que David, plus sage que Sa-
lomon
, plus fort que Samson? & toutesfois cest enfant
en est venu bout.

Notes:

1. 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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  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generosit?ell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virt? animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

Aiacis tumulum lacrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

Notes:

1. The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [A34b038].

2. See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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