remedia Amoris I
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FRAGMENTS LP 48
"You came, and I was mad to have you: your breath
cooled my heart that was burning with desire."
"Give me a thousand kisses, then another hundred,
then another thousand, then a second hundred,
then yet another thousand more, then another hundred."
"Dido’s no longer troubled by appearances or reputation,
she no longer thinks of a secret affair: she calls it marriage:
and with that name disguises her sin."
Remedia Amoris II
"The breath of a young girl, biting an apple,
the scent that wafts from Corycian saffron,
the smell of the white vine, flowering with
first clusters...All these things breathe forth from
your perfect kisses: can you not give them freely, unbegrudging?"
"If She spins out sleep with me as desired,
or draws out the whole day in easy loving...
then my delights say that I am greater than kings...
for who can enjoy wealth if Love is against him?
No riches for me if Venus is sullen!"
"What need is there, mea vita, to come with
your hair adorned, and slither about in a thin
silk dress from Cos? Why...betray yourself with
gifts from strangers; ruin nature’s beauty with
traded refinements..? Believe me, nothing could enhance
your shape: naked Amor never loves lying forms."
Remedia Amoris III
"Once you were innocent, I loved you body and soul:
now your beauty’s flawed by this defect of mind.
Love is a child and naked: without the shabbiness
of age and without clothing, so he’s all openness.
Why tell Venus’s son to sell himself for cash?"
"Now it's pleasant just to lie here, my darling's
soft arms around me, her body close against mine...
What's your hurry? No lover or his girl welcomes your coming--
grip the dew-drenched reins; pull back your rosy hand."
"Likewise when you leave off, straightaway forget
all lasciviousness: leave the sin there, in your bed.
There, don’t let your slip make you over-shy, or
not allow your thigh to press against a thigh: there,
let my tongue be buried between your rosy lips,
and let desire shape a thousand ways to love..."