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Custodiendas virgines.

Girls must be guarded


Vera haec effigies[1] innuptae est Palladis, eius
Hic Draco, qui dominae constitit ante pedes.
Cur divae comes hoc animal? custodia rerum
Huic data, sic lucos sacraque templa colit,[2]
Innuptas opus est cura asservare puellas
Pervigili, laqueos undique tendit amor.[3]

This is the true image of virgin Pallas. Her snake is here, positioned at his mistress’s feet. Why does this creature accompany the goddess? The task of guarding things was entrusted to it, and so it looks after groves and sacred temples. It is necessary to guard unmarried girls with ever-watchful care - Love lays his snares on every side.

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Jungkfrawen seind zu verhueten.


Hye stat die Gottin Pallas gmalt,
Die alweg bliben jungkfraw rayn,
Ier huet und schutz ain drach verwalt,
Ein gwechtig thier: hiemit ich main
Wird zaygt, das man nimmer allain
Jungkfrawen laß, sonder mit fleiß
Verhuet, dan Cupido der klayn,
Yebt seine duck in manche weiß.


1.  ‘Image of virgin Pallas’. Pallas Athene, virgin goddess and protectress of the city of Athens, represented with helmet, spear and aegis. Pallas Athene was equated with Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. Pausanias, Periegesis 1.24.7 mentions such a statue with a snake.

2.  See Macrobius, Saturnalia 1.20.3: ‘the snake with its keen and ever-watchful sight has assigned to it the custodianship of temples, shrines, oracles and treasures.’ Ancient Greek holy sites often housed a snake.

3.  ‘Love lays his snares on every side’ - a proverbial saying.

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