Venus and Adonis for Fera Libens
With her Adonis here be Venus blest;
And swift at once the grass and him she prest.
Then sweetly smiling, with a raptur’d mind,
On his lov’d bosom she her head reclin’d,
And thus began; but mindful still of bliss,
Seal’d the soft accents with a softer kiss.
(Ovid, Metamorphosis, Book X)
The Graces for Fera Libens
Come, oh goddesses, inspire and evoke
The maternal deity, and again
The geniuses will deliver harmony
From Olympus to Italy; and from you only,
For you could not offer a more beautiful reward,
Only from you shall we request, oh Graces, a smile.
(U. Foscolo, Le Grazie [The Graces], Hymn I, verse 296-301)