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Que nunca se ha de dexar cosa de oy
para maņana.

Ottava rhima.

De los Alciatos un Alce[1] es enseņa.
Con esta letra: NO DILATO NADA.[2]
Sabemos que Alexandro diō esta seņa
A quien le preguntō, como domada
En tan breve la tierra tuvo. Enseņa
Tambien aquesto el Alce[3] arrebatada.
De tanta ligereza y tan prudente
Que es duda en qual serā mas preminente.

Notes:

1.  An elk, representing the family name, is carved on Alciato’s tomb in Pavia.

2.  ‘no dilata nada’: a version of Alexander’s Greek motto, quoted in line 2 of the original subscriptio (‘μηδὲν fert ἀναβλλόμενος‘). See Erasmus, Adagia, 3400 (Nunc tuum ferrum in igne est, ‘Strike while the iron is hot’), where Alexander’s saying is quoted.

3.  Alce. The Greek word ἀλκή means not only ‘elk’ but ‘strength’. The animal ‘elk’ was famed for its speed: see Pliny, Natural History, 8.16.39.


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