Jove but laughs at lovers’ perjury

Cf. HESIOD fragment 124 (M-W), ἐκ τοῦ δ᾿ ὅρκον ἔθηκεν ἀποίνιμον ἀνθρώποισι νοσφιδίων ἔργων πέρι Κύπριδος, since that time he [sc. Zeus] attached no penalty for men to an oath taken in the secret works of Aphrodite; TIBULLUS Elegies III. vi. 49 periuria ridet amantum Iuppiter, Jupiter laughs at lovers’ perjuries; a 1500 in W. W. Skeat Chaucerian & Other Pieces (1897) 311 Your [lovers’] othes laste No lenger than the wordes ben ago! And god, and eke his sayntes, laughe also.

c 1550 tr. A. S. Piccolomini’s Lady Lucres E4v Pacorus..confesseth the faut asketh forgeuenes and..ryghte well knewe he that Jupyter rather laughethe, then ta-keth angerlye the periuringe of louers.

c 1595 SHAKESPEARE Romeo & Juliet II. ii. 92 At lovers’ perjuries, They say Jove laughs.

1700 DRYDEN Poems (1958) IV. 1487 Love endures no Tie, And Jove but laughs at Lovers Perjury!

1922 Evening Standard 17 Oct. 5 Perjury in the Divorce Court has been openly permitted to the upper classes for many years, following the maxim..that ‘Jove but laughs at lovers’ perjury.’

1973 I. MURDOCH Black Prince III. 299 Zeus, they say, mocks lovers’ oaths.


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