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La estatua de Bacco.

Dialogo. Lettor. Bacco.[1]

TERCETOS.

L. Bacco di quien te vi˛, que ansi pintarte
Con docta mano a’l natural te pudo?
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[F7r p93] B. Aquel nombrado por su subtil arte
Praxiteles[2] me vi˛ quando desnudo
Gozava de Ariadna,[3] y tal figura
Qual tuve entonšes hizo en este escudo.
L. Como eres mošo, siendo tan madura
Tu edad? B. Porque quien moderarse sabe
En mošedad perpetuamente dura.
L. Que dize el son d’el tamborin suave
Y los cuernos que trahes en la cabeza?[4]
B. Dizen que soy de la locura llave.
L. Y ese color te˝ido en tal rubeza
Que muestra? B. Muestra el calor encendido
Que causo Ó la ni˝ez y Ó la terneza.
Quando mi padre me sac˛ te˝ido
D’el vientre de mi madre, en agua fria
Me lav˛ como estava empolvorido.
De alli fue cuerdo quien la fuerza mia
Mezcl˛ con agua, y quien me beve puro
Abrasa sus entra˝as Ó porfia.
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[F7v p94] L. Pues que de mitigar eres tan duro,
Dime con que ley quieres ser mezclado,
Para que quien te beva estŔ seguro?
B. Un vaso de buen vino ser aguado
Con doblada agua (por lo menos) quiere
Aqueste es el mezclar mas moderado.
Mas aun aquel que con tal ley beviere
No llege hasta un quartillo, que si llega
Que sea borracho y loco se requiere,
L. Quan aspera y quan dura ley se allega:
Nuestras gargantas son de gran caida,
Y dulšemente tu liquor las riega.
B. No ay bien que no se ague en esta vida.

Notes:

1. áFor a description of Bacchus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.4ff.

2. áPraxiteles. This artist fashioned a famous group of statues in bronze depicting Bacchus/Dionysus with Drunkenness and a Satyr. See Pliny, Natural History 34.19.69.

3. áAriadne, daughter of King Minos of Knossos, who helped Theseus destroy the Minotaur, was taken by him to Naxos and there abandoned. Dionysus, the young, exotic and beautiful god of wine, rescued her and made her his bride. See Philostratus, Eikones 1.15.

4. áThe god was represented with ram’s or bull’s horns, symbolising power and virility. Under the influence of wine the weak imagine themselves strong and powerful: see Horace, Odes 3.21.18.


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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

AŰriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
Dicitur: & grandi luxuriasse coma.
C¨m ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus: Nimi¨m brevis est haec gloria. nam te
Protinus adveniet quae malŔ perdet hyems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.


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