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Amour, affection trespuissante.

VII.

Voyez ce petit charretier,
Qui sçait mettre au joug les Lions,
Nous pourra-il point chastier,
Pour faire ce que ne voudrions?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [A8r p15] Nos coeurs donc faut qu’ailleurs plions:
Car s’il est puissant pour ces bestes,
Pensez vous que nous en allions,
Sans qu’il nous lie coeurs & testes?[1]

commentaires.

C’est une chose admirable, de la force de l’enfant
Cupidon, qu’il en vienne jusques là, que de domter les
farouches lions. Il tient son fouet en la droite, & et avec
la gauche il manie le renes & la bride: & toutesfois
il a le visage benin & amiable. Loin de nous, loin
de nous ceste peste: car s’il peut venir à bout de dom-
ter & vaincre une si furieuse beste, il nous pourra
beaucoup plus aisement surmonter & mettre sous son
joug: nous, dis je, qui sommes si foibles & imbecilles.
Qui a esté plus sainct que David, plus sage que Sa-
lomon
, plus fort que Samson? & toutesfois cest enfant
en est venu à bout.

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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  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generosit?ell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virt? animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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Potentissimus affectus Amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis
Expressus gemma pusio vincat Amor.
Utque manu hac scuticam teneat, hac flectat habenas,
Utque sit in pueri plurimus ore decor.[1]
Dira lues procul esto, feram qui vincere talem
Est potis, à nobis temperet an ne manus? [2]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. See how he rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. How 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.  In some editions, this sequence of subjunctives is changed to indicative.

2.  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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  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositàdell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtù del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of con [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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