Venus, Mercury and Cupid

Image: Correggio; Venus, Mercury and Cupid (ca. 1525). Oil on canvas. 155.6 x 91.4 cm. © The National Gallery, London, 1834. The Collection: Room 8  

Correggio

The National Gallery
 

HERE we have the lovely masque 
Of a Venus, in the braid 
Of bright oak-boughs, come to ask 
Hermes will he give a task 
To the little lad beside her, 
Who half hides and half doth guide her. 

Can there be indeed good cause 
Cupid should learn other art 
Than his mother's gracious laws ? 
Hermes—Oh, the magic straws 
In his hat !—as one that pineth, 
To the pretty babe inclineth. 

Oh, the poignant hour serene, 
When sweet Love that is a child, 
When sweet Cupid comes between 
Troubled lovers as a screen, 
And the scolding and beseeching 
Are just turned to infant-teaching. 

Correggio

The National Gallery
 

HERE we have the lovely masque  
Of a Venus, in the braid 
Of bright oak-boughs, come to ask  
Hermes will he give a task 
To the little lad beside her, 
Who half hides and half doth guide her. 

Can there be indeed good cause 
Cupid should learn other art 
Than his mother's gracious laws ? 
Hermes—Oh, the magic straws 
In his hat !—as one that pineth, 
To the pretty babe inclineth. 

Oh, the poignant hour serene, 
When sweet Love that is a child, 
When sweet Cupid comes between 
Troubled lovers as a screen, 
And the scolding and beseeching 
Are just turned to infant-teaching. 

 

 

Image: Correggio; Venus, Mercury and Cupid (ca. 1525). Oil on canvas. 155.6 x 91.4 cm. © The National Gallery, London, 1834. The Collection: Room 8