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El murçielago.

QUARTEL DE SONETO.

Dizen que Chęrophon[1] tomò su nombre
D’el ave que Meneida[2] fue llamada,  [M]
Que en tener negro rostro y voz delgada
Pudo de tal señal sacar renombre.

[Marginalia - link to text]Del murzielago.

Notes:

1.  Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.

2.  For the transformation of the daughters of Minyas (the founder of the earliest race of Greeks) into bats, for refusing to worship Dionysus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.389ff.


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