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Bivir templadamente y no creer
de ligero.

Ottava rhima.

El ser templado y no creer facilmente
Ser çertidumbre de la vida humana
Dixo Epicharmo.[1] Mira la prudente
Mano con ojos que jamas fue vana
Por creer lo que ve tan solamente.[2]
Mira el Poleo señal de la ançiana
Templança, con el qual apartar pudo
Heraclito d’el bando a’l pueblo rudo.[3]

Notes:

1.  The saying is quoted in Polybius, The Histories, 18.40.

2.  See Plautus, Asinaria, 202: ‘our hands always have eyes - seeing is believing for them’; Erasmus, Adagia, 73 (Oculatae manus).

3.  For this incident concerning the sixth-century BC philosopher Heraclitus, see Plutarch, De garrulitate, 511C: when faced with a discordant mob, Heraclitus said nothing but took a cup of cold water, sprinkled on barley-meal and stirred it with a sprig of pennyroyal. Pennyroyal represents modest fare, contentment and control. Heraclitus lived on a diet of herbs.


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