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In temerarios.

The reckless

LXIIII.

Aspicis aurigam currus Phaëtonta[1] paterni
Ignivomos ausum flectere Solis equos:
Maxima qui postquàm terris incendia sparsit,
Est temerè insesso lapsus ab axe miser.
Sic plerique rotis Fortunae ad sydera Reges
Evecti, ambitio quos iuvenilis agit.
Post magnam humani generis clademque suamque,
Cunctorum poenas denique dant scelerum.

You see here Phaethon, driving his father’s chariot, and daring to guide the fire-breathing steeds of the Sun. After spreading great conflagrations over the earth, the wretched boy fell from the car he had so rashly mounted. - Even so, the majority of kings are borne up to heaven on the wheels of Fortune, driven by youth’s ambition. After they have brought great disaster on the human race and themselves, they finally pay the penalty for all their crimes.

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COMMENTARIA.

Phaton filius Solis & Clymenes Nym-
phae, maximè temerarius, qui instanter ac im-
portunè à patre efflagitans, ut currum et Equos
quibus Sol vehitur uno die gubernare per-
mitteretur, impetravit, sed difficilimo oneri
impar. Equi etenim ignoto rectore perterriti
in contrariam partem inclinaverunt, quos ipse
extra viam currentes retinere amplius non
potuit, inde magnum in terris incendium exor-
tum, adeoque ut Iupiter etiam Coelo timens
illum fulminis ictu de curru praecipitavit.
hinc Ovidius lib. 1. de tristibus.

Vitaret Coelum Phaëton si viveret, & quos
Optavit stultè tangere nollet Equos.

Totam autem Phaëtontis fabulam & praeci-
pitem casum describit pulchrè Ovidius lib. 2.
Metamorphoseon Similiter Reges quamplurimi, ob
dexteram fortunam ad sydera usque evecti,
sed ambitione nimia atque audacia iuvenili,
imò dominandi libidine agitati, post ma-
gnam denique iacturam, totius
etiam Reipublicae detrimento ipsi
quoque scelerum suo-
rum omnium poe-
nas luunt.

Notes:

1.  Phaethon, the son of Apollo, the sun-god. The myth referred to here is told in Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.748 - 2.349. Both Phaethon and Icarus ([A56a053]) are types of those who aim too high and do not recognise their proper sphere.


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In formosam fato praereptam.[1]

On a beautiful woman, dead before her time

LXVI.

Cur puerum Mors ausa dolis es carpere amorem?
Tela tua ut iaceret, dum propria esse putat.

Death, why did you so audaciously and with evil intent steal from the boy Love? - So that he might shoot your weapons, thinking them his own?

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De la belle qui mourut.

LXVI.

Mort, pourquoy es tu tant hardie,
De l’enfant amoureux reprendre?
Il fault que pour luy je te die,
Que tort fais a son aage tendre,
S’il cuydoit son plaisant arc tendre,
Et ayt tes traictz noirs transgectez,
C’est par toy, qui l’as sceu surprendre,
Luy machinant oultraiges telz.
Encor sur l’histoire.
Pourquoy batz tu mort l’enfant amoureux.
S’il faict mourir en cuydant faire aymer?
Rends luy sa flesche, et prens ton dard amer
Lors fera il exploix moins dangereux.
Sur ce mesmes.
Mort, qui te faict Cupido battre?
Il faict dessus moy entreprise.
Pourquoy as tu sa flesche prise?
Je m’en veulx sur les vieux esbatre.

Notes:

1.  The iconography of the emblems ‘De morte et amore’ and ‘In formosam fato praereptam’ is confused in many editions.


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