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Eruca capripes redimitus tempora faunus,
Immodicae Veneris Symbola certa refert.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I8v f59v]Est Eruca salax,[1] indexque libidinis hircus,
Et Satyri Nymphas semper amare solent.[2]

Goat-footed Faunus, his temples garlanded with the herb rocket, provides unmistakable symbols of desire without restraint. Rocket stimulates desire, the goat is a symbol of sexual appetite, and the satyrs are always lusting after the nymphs.

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Der Geißfuß fein tregt auff seim Kopff
Ein Krantz von weissen Senffkraut grofft
Gibt ein recht zeichen und zeigt an
Einen verbubten Menschen on zam
Der weiß Senff ist gerist und geil
Der Bock zeicht auch die begird feil,
Auch die Geiß mendlin alle sandt
Lieben die Wasserfreuwlin thandt.


1.  Rocket is described as herba salax at Ovid, Ars amatoria, 4.22. Pliny, Natural History, 10.83.182 and 19.44.154, lists it as an aphrodisiac.

2.  Satyrs were creatures half-human, half-goat in form, like Faunus, and Pan with whom Faunus was often identified. See emblems 57 ([A67a057]), and 175 ([A67a175]). Cf. Horace, Odes, 3.18.1: ‘Faunus, you who lust after the fleeing nymphs’.

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