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Gratum amanti iugum [37]


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GRATVM AMANTI IVGVM.translationtranslation
Si mihi seruitium video, dominamque paratam,
Iam mihi libertas illa paterna vale.

Libertas quoniam nulli iam restat amanti,
Nullus liber erit, si quis amare volet.

For freedome seruitude.
The cap of libertie1 loue vnder foot doth tread,
And holdeth fast the yoke of thraldome seeming sweet,
The name of beeing free is to no louer meet,
For loue him freely doth to willing bondage lead.

Grato è il giogo d’Amore.
Celpestra Amor la libertà col piede,
Erge di seruitù lo giogo stolto,
Chi serue Amor nomar non si può sciolto,
E pur felice il misero si crede.

Voor vrijheyt ’t iock.
Cupido die vertreedt den hoet des vrijheyts heerlick/
Het iock hy staende houdt van soete slauerny.
Gheen minnaer die bemindt en magh men noemen vry/
Hy is ghewilligh slaef/ sijn dienst acht hy ock eerlick.

Le ioug pour la franchise.
Cupidon le chappeau de liberté supprime,
Et dresse en pied le joug, pour ses serfs assommer:
Celuy qui sert l’Amour, libre on ne peut nommer,
Ores que bien heureux bien souuent il s’estime.

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Een minnaar vindt het juk aangenaam.
A lover loves the yoke.
Tibullus, Elegiae 2, 4, 1-2
Zo wacht mij nu de slavernij, een vrouw zal mij bevelen; ik werd geboren als vrij man, maar dat is nu voorbij. [tr. J. Nagelkerken, Baarn 1994, p. 60.].
Tibullus, Elegiae 2, 4, 1-2
Here I see slavery and my mistress waiting for me. Now fare well, ancient freedom of my fathers.
Propertius, Elegiae 2, 23, 23-24
Vrijheid blijft - waar of niet? - voor alle minnaars illusie: maar wie geen meisje versiert, is die dan werkelijk vrij? [tr. W.A.M. Peters, Baarn 1991, p. 69.].
Propertius, Elegiae 2, 23, 23-24
Since no lover has any freedom left, no man who would be free will seek to love.

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Sources and parallels

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A cupid resting his hand on a yoke and his foot on freedom's cap

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The Phrygian cap was worn during the Roman Empire by former slaves who had been emancipated by their master and whose descendants were therefore considered citizens of the Empire. This usage is often considered the root of its meaning as a symbol of liberty. From Wikipedia: 'Phrygian cap'