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La espada en manos d’el loco.

Ottava rhima.

Despues de buelto loco Ajax, pensando
Que los Atridas por su mal juizio [M]
Y a Ulysses junto estava castigando
Entre unos puercos (fuera ya d’el quiio
De la cordura y seso) exercitando
Su espada, mata quien est sin viio.[1]
Para vengarse el loco no tien’ maa,
Que danasse pensando que otro daa.

[Marginalia - link to text]A Agamemnon y Menelao.

Notes:

1. See Emblem 38 ([A49a038]) for Ajax’s madness and suicide. In his madness, he slaughtered a herd of sheep, thinking them to be the Greeks. The two largest rams he took to be Agamemnon and Menelaus. See Zenobius, Proverbs, 1.43; Horace, Satires, 2.3.197-8; Erasmus, Adagia, 646 (Aiacis risus) - Erasmus makes the animals pigs, as here.


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