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Figura d’l Ocno: de los que tienen
las mugeres gastadoras.[1]

Ottava rhima.

Quereys saber la causa y que la escriva
Por que estÚ el cabestrero ansi esculpido?
El da Ó entender un hombre, elqual se abiva
A trabajar con animo invenšido:
Mas d’el galardon d’el presto le priva
La asna que le come lo toršido.
Ansi la gastadora muger gasta
Quanto el marido acaudalar no abasta.

Notes:

1. áThe painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.


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