Jupiter gives up Io

Metamorphoses I.615-621

Iuppiter e terra genitam mentitur, ut auctor
desinat inquiri: petit hanc Saturnia munus.
quid faciat? crudele suos addicere amores,
non dare suspectum est: Pudor est, qui suadeat illinc,
hinc dissuadet Amor. victus Pudor esset Amore,
sed leve si munus sociae generisque torique
vacca negaretur, poterat non vacca videri!

Jupiter pretends that she is born from the land, so that the parent may cease to be inquired for: Juno requests her as a gift. What can he do? It is cruel to resign his own loves; it is suspicious not to give her. It is Shame which would persuade him from the one; Love dissuades him from the other. Shame would have been overcome by Love, but if the cow, a light gift, should be denied to the partner both of his family and his bed, it might not seem a cow!

 

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