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La clemencia d’el Principe.

SONETO.

D’el Rey de abejas se affirma y escrive
Que por que herir no pueda estā privado
D’el aguijon,[1] con quien su pueblo armado
Contrasta a’l enemigo y se apercibe.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P1r p225] Ansi de sus abejas bien recibe,
Ansi le guardan siempre en el estado
Donde de la Fortuna fue encumbrado
Porque sin hazer mal govierna y bive.
O Reyes que subis ā bien tamaņo
O por Fortuna, ō por merecimiento,
Sabed con no hazer mal no hazeros daņo!
Mirad que basta el pueblo estar contento
Para libraros de qualquier engaņo,
Y para os encumbrar en todo aumento.

Notes:

1.  According to Pliny, Natural History, 11.21.74, wasps do not have ‘kings’: it is the ‘mother’ wasps that are without stings. On the other hand, the ‘king’ bee (the ancients believed the queen bee to be male) and its lack of sting, or refusal to use its sting, was often mentioned; e.g. Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.10; Pliny, ibid., 17.52. For the analogy with kingship, see e.g. Seneca, De Clementia, 1.19; Erasmus, Adagia, 2601 (Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit).


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