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Los espantables aun despues de muertos.

Ottava rhima.

Mudo serà el ganado, y de la oveja
El cuero no harà son, siendo tocado
Un atambor de lobo de pelleja.
Y aunque el muerto de muerto maltratado
No sea, mas aun muerta ansi se aleja
D’el como de enemigo. Ansi mudado
Ciscas en atambor (como leemos)
A los Pontifices venciò Baehemos.[1]

Notes:

1.  For the story behind this epigram, see the commentary in the Tozzi edition of Alciato’s emblems (Padua, 1621: [A21a171]). ‘Ciscas’ is Jan Ziska (c.1370-1425), a Bohemian military leader who supported the Hussites, destroying Catholic churches and attacking the clergy. He waged a long and successful military campaign which compelled the Emperor Sigismund to offer the Hussites religious liberty. Ziska died of plague, and is said to have ordered that his corpse be flayed and the skin made into a drum, the sound of which would put the enemy to flight. (His real name was Jan z Trocnova (‘of Trocnov’), Zizka being Czech for ‘one-eyed’, he having lost an eye in a skirmish during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410).


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