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Que el virtuoso Amor venze à Cupido.

Ottava rhima.

A’l fuego d’el Amor con otro fuego,
Con arco a’l arco, à alas con las alas
La Nemesis domò, porque Amor çiego
(Como las hizo) suffra cosas malas.
No le basta llorar, no basta ruego,
Escupese tres vezes en sus galas,
Con fuego el fuego (gran cosa) se inflamma
D’el Amor aborreze Amor la llamma.[1]

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 16.251. The punishment of Cupid (Amor) for the hurt he inflicts on men is a common theme in Hellenistic Greek poetry and art. This punishment is often carried out by Nemesis, goddess of retribution. Cupid’s arrows and torch are taken from him and destroyed, and he himself is bound, beaten, burned, and pricked with his own arrows.


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IN MOMENTANEAM
foelicitatem.

Transitory success

Aëriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, nimium brevis est haec gloria, nam te
Protinus advemiet [=adveniet] , quae male perdat[1] 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.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: perdet.


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