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Furor, & rabies.

Fury and madness

XLIX.

Ora gerit clypeus rabiosi picta leonis,
Et scriptum in summo margine carmen habet:
Hic hominum est terror, cuius possessor Atrida.
Talia magnanimus signa Agamemno tulit.[1]

The shield bears the painted face of a raging lion, and inscribed upon the upper margin has a verse: ‘This is the terror of men, and the son of Atreus is its possessor’. Haughty Agamemnon bore this symbolic figure.

Notes:

1. This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’. Cf. Emblem 270,‘Ira’ ([A56a270]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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    Contre ceux qui pechent contre
    nature.

    XLVIII.

    Il est sale & vilain & faire & dire
    De descharger son ventre en un vaisseau de prix.
    Adulteres, qui sont de feu damnable espris,
    Allans contre nature encourent de Dieu l’ire.

    Commentaires.

    Cest embleme est sale & ord. Or tant plus en ma-
    Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [O1r p209] nie les choses sales, tant plus puantes elles se rendent.
    Partant laisse-je cest embleme sans l’expliquer.


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