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Phoenicem[1], si vera ferunt, mors ipsa refingit,
Huic sit ut unus avi vitaque morsque rogus.
Ite carnifices, Sanctorum sancta cremate
Corpora. quos vultis perdere flamma parit.[2]

For, if they speak true, death itself remakes the phoenix with the effect that one fire [funeral pyre] is life and death for this bird. Go, O executioners, burn the holy bodies of the Saints. To those whom you want to destroy, the flame gives life.


1. Corrected from the Errata

2. Again, a reference to persecution of Protestants by public burnings such as those in Marian England in the 1550s.

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