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Los trabajos de Hercules
alegorizados.[1]

RHIMA MEDIA.

Con eloquenšia venše los loores
De fuertes guerreadores: y desata
El lazo, y desbarata: los sophistas.
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[M2r p179] No ay furor ni conquistas: tan estra˝as
Que virtud con sus ma˝as: no deshaga.
A su saber alaga: la rriqueza.
Tiene por gran baxeza: la cobdišia
Renuevo y avarišia. Las mugeres
Despoja de plašeres: muy pomposos.
Alimpia los šienosos: y compone
Los animos, y pone: ayuntamientos
Licitos y contentos: y aborreše
En quien no resplandece: la limpieza.
La barbarie y fiereza: su castigo
D’el tiene. El enemigo: acompa˝ado
D’el es desbaratado: Y de la agena
A su tierra la buena: cosa lleva.
Su nombre tanto aprueva: que los sabios
Contino entre los labios: le engrandešen
Y las virtudes d’el jamas perešen.

Notes:

1. áHercules was accredited with many victories over men and monsters, but eventually a list of twelve major ones was compiled. See e.g. Anthologia Graeca, 16.92. These ‘Labours’ he carried out at the behest of Eurystheus, incited by Hera. Alciato’s epigram follows this order: i. the Nemean lion; ii. the Hydra; iii. the Erymanthean boar; iv. the golden-antlered Arcadian stag; v. the birds of the Stymphalian Marsh; vi. the belt of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; vii. the Augean stables; viii. the Cretan bull; ix. the mares of Diomedes; x. the cattle of the three-bodied giant Geryones (see Emblem 132 [A49a132]); xi. the golden apples of the Hesperides; and xii. the three-headed watchdog Cerberus. The Labours were given various allegorical interpretations both in antiquity and later, and Hercules himself becomes a wise man and philosopher, overcoming folly and sin. See Emblem 93 ([A49a093]).


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