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Que las donšellas an de ser muy guardadas.

Ottava rhima.

Trasunto de la Pallas no casada
Es este, que aqui ves, y aquel pintado
Dragon es suyo,[1] y por que Ó este es dada
La guarda de las cosas y el recado
Haze en los bosques y templos morada.[2]
Y aqui nos muestra que porque el osado
Amor, tiende sus lašos por prendellas
Se Ó de poner gran guarda en las donšellas.

Notes:

1. áPallas Athene, virgin goddess and protectress of the city of Athens, represented with helmet, spear and aegis. Pallas Athene was equated with Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. Pausanias, Periegesis 1.24.7 mentions such a statue with a snake.

2. áSee Macrobius, Saturnalia 1.20.3: ‘the snake with its keen and ever-watchful sight has assigned to it the custodianship of temples, shrines, oracles and treasures.’ Ancient Greek holy sites often housed a snake.


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