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El symbolo de la Fe.

OTTAVA ACEPHALA.

Honor vestido de purpureo manto
De mano tenga à la Verdad abierta,
En medio estè el Amor honesto[1] y santto.
Esta señal la santta Fe conçierta,
A quien la magestad de Honor abarça [=abraça] ,
La Verdad pare, el casto Amor enlaça.

Notes:

1.  ‘Amor honest’ = ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A49a081].


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In receptatores sicariorum.[1]

Those who harbour cut-throats

Latronum furumque manus tibi Scaeva[2] per urbem
It comes, & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
Quod tua complureis allicit olla malos.
En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[3]

An evil-minded band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

Notes:

1.  From the 1536 Wechel edition onwards, the woodcut is revised so that the horns look more like a deer’s antlers.

2.  Scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

3.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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