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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[G2v p100]

Les inviolables du traict
de Cupido.


Affin qu’amour ne te vincque, & te trompe,
Et ton esprit nulle femme corrompe
L’oyseau Bacchus mettras (si tu me crois)
Droict en ung rond, tellement qu’une croix[1]
Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[G3r p101]Du becque, de l’aele, & de la queŁe applicque:
Tel remede est contre tout art magicque.
Jason ne peut (en portant telles armes)
Estre vincu par Medťe, & ses charmes.[2]

L’oyseau Bacchus est Bacul, ou Balle-
queŁe, signifiant mouvement luxurieux,
lequel ainsi estendu en croix en une
sphaere: donne ŗ entendre qu’il fault: (com-
me dict Sainct Paul:) cruxifier ses concu-
piscences en ce monde.


1.These lines describe the rhombos, a device used in casting love-spells. The bird usually employed was a wryneck, associated with Bacchus, possibly because of its dappled markings. (Cf. the dappled fawns associated with the god.) The wagtail seems to have been confused with the wryneck in folk belief.

2.Jason was helped in the tasks imposed on him by the king of Phasis, by the sorceress Medea, daughter of the king. Instructed by Venus, Jason used the rhombos to cause Medea to fall in love with him and so use her spells to help, not harm, him. See Pindar, Pythian Odes 4.216ff.

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