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Furor, & rabies.

Fury and madness

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 70,‘Ira’ ([A46a070]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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De celle qui fut mariee à un podagre.

L.

Dieu doint mieux aux humains:[1] pourquoy veux-tu, Mezence,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O1v p210] Me joindre maugré moy, à un corps tout infect?
Corps ladre & verolé? n’est-ce pas en effect
Estre trescruel pere, & trop plein de meschance?
N’est-ce pas les vivans joindre aux morts par desroy,
Comme autresfois faisoit de Toscane le Roy?[2]

Commentaires.

Virgile a publié l’horrible & detestable cruauté
de Mezence, qui accouploit les corps vivans avec
ceux des morts, mains sur mains, & bouche sur bou-
che. Alciat deplore icy la condition d’une honneste
& vertueuse fille, que son pere contraignoist de prendre
à mari un personnage maleficié, & tout pourri de
verole. Erasme a faict un dialogue presque de mesme
argument.

Notes:

1.  Vergil, Georgics, 3.513.

2.  See Vergil, Aeneid, 8.483-88, for the crimes of Mezentius, the Etruscan king who opposed Aeneas on his arrival in Italy. He inflicted a dreadful fate on his victims by tying them face to face with a corpse and leaving them to die.


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