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Potentia Amoris.

The power of Love

Emblema cvi.

Nudus Amor viden’ ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat habet:[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae iura det 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, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.

ID etiam ex Graeco: ex quo discimus Amorem &
in terris & in aquis imperium obtinere in quod-
cúnque animantium genus, quod ostenditur sym-
bolo rosae sive floris, qui terram, & piscis, qui mare
designat.

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Puissance d’Amour.

VOy l’Amour paisible, humain,
Et qui traitte d’une main
Un poisson, d’autre une rose:
Tout nud sans arc, & sans trait:
A le voir ainsi pourtrait,
Il n’y a si douce chose.
La Rose qu’en main il tient,
Et le poisson qu’il soutient,
C’est un expres & vray signe,
Qu’il pretend resolument
Autant de commandement
En terre qu’en la marine.

CEstuy est aussi du Grec: dont nous som-
mes enseignez qu’Amour a commen-
dement & sur la terre & sur l’eau à l’endroit
de toutes sortes d’animaux, ce que se mon-
tre par la rose ou fleur, qui signifie la terre:
& par le poisson, qui represente la mer.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [FALc109] and [FALc113].

2.  Variant reading in 1550, Scilicet et terrae iura dat ..., ‘to be sure he imposes his rule both on land ...’.


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Concordia.

Concord

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides.[1]
Hinc volucres has[2] sceptra gerunt, quod scilicet omnes
Consensu populi stantque caduntque duces,
Quem si de medio tollas, discordia praeceps
Advolat, & secum regia fata trahit.

Marvellous is the unanimity between crows as they live together, and their loyalty to each other, never dishonoured! For this reason the sceptre carries these birds. Assuredly all leaders stand and fall by the consent of the people. If you take away consent, tumultuous discord comes flying in and drags kings down in its wake.

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Concorde.

Lon peult parler avec merveilles,
De paix[3] que chascun voit estre
Entre la turbe des corneilles,
Qui nont jamais valet ne maistre:
Pource les painct on sur le sceptre,
Que le peuple ostoit & donnoit:
Auquel quant discorde sceit naistre,
Tout se perd, chascun le cognoist.

Notes:

1.  See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.

2.  Textual variant: haec.

3.  Corrected from 1536 edition.


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