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CURIOSITE DE FEMMES.

Troys Vierges Soeurs regardèrent la chose:
Que par vergoigne avoit Pallas enclose.
Leur commandant le vaisceau clos garder.
Leur defendant de dedans regarder.
Qu’est il Ren plus curieux que la Femme?
Qu’est il Rien moins secret en cas infame?[1]

Notes:

1.  Herse, Pandrosos and Aglaulos (or Aglauros), daughters of Cecrops, attendants on Athena, were given the task of guarding a box carrying the infant Erichthonius, which was the result of an attempted rape of Athena by Hephaestus (though the child itself came from Gaia). The girls opened the box and were horrified to see a half-man, half-snake, who gew up to be king of Athens. See Ovid Metamorphoses, 2.252ff.



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