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In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

Aiacis tumulum lacrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

Notes:

1. The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [A34b038].

2. See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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Qu’el Amor es affecto potentissimo.

SONETO.

La fuera del leon tiene vencida
Amor si no es de amor jamas vencido,
Que solo amor ser quiso Amor rendido
A quien no ay cosa que no est rendida.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [B5v p26] La rienda tiene en la siniestra assida,
Y el latigo en la diestra est esculpido,
Con este, el apetito es compelido,
Y la razon de aquella est opprimida.
Quien tern el coraon a’l sentimiento
Tan echo que no tema aqueste fuego
En ver dar un leon tan gran tormento?
Dichoso aquel que tal mal hall luego
Remedio para echar d’l pensamiento
La pęna de tan gran desasosiego.[1]

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1. The original Latin emblem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions. The theme is further developed here.


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