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POTENTISSIMUS AFFECTUS
amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

Emblema 104.

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis,
Expressus gemma pusio vincat Amor.
Utque manu hac scuticam tenet, hac ut flectit habenas,
Utque est in pueri plurimus ore decor.
Dira lues procul esto: feram qui vincere talem
Est potis, à nobis temperet anne manus?[1]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. He rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. 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?

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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Concordia.

Concord

VI.

Cornicum mira inter se concordia vitae est,
Inque vicem nunquam contaminata fides.[1]
Hinc volucres hae[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 these birds carry the sceptre. 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.

COMMENTARIA.

Peramanter & fideliter mutuam inter se fidem
& amicitiam conservant Cornices, quod si al-
terutra moriatur altera quae ei superstes est ad
extremum vitae diem vidua permanet: & idem Ma-
ritus nullam in posterum aliam ambit coniugem,
exigens vitam in orbitate. Aelianus lib. 15. cap. 36.
Id circo haec sceptra tenent, demonstrantes o-
mnes Principes consensu & unanimitate po-
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sublato, illico discordiae ortae, totum facilè Prin
cipis statum secum rapiunt & dissipant. Concordia
enim (ut inquit Sallustius) parvae res crescunt,
discordia verò maxima etiam dilabuntur.

Notes:

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

2.  Textual variant: haec.


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