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Contra la estatua d’el Amor.

TERCETOS.

Que cosa fuesse Amor muchos poetas
Por muy diversos nombres lo cantaron.
Mas dandole fuego, alas, y saetas,
Niņo desnudo y įiego le pintaron.
Pero si contra autores tan subidos
Es licito escrivir, mal lo miraron.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I1v p130] Porque a’l Amor pintaron sin vestidos?
Faltavale con que cubrir pudiesse
Sus carnes a’l que manda ā los naįidos?
Y dado caso que esto acaeįiesse.
Como podria pasar sin vestidura
Por parte que de nieve llena fuesse?[1]
Si es niņo, como niņo siempre dura?
Siendo mayor que Nestor[2] en los aņos?
Su origen en Ascręo no estā escura.[3]  [M]
Mudanse de ligero con engaņos
Los niņos, mas aqueste estā contino
Firme, sin se apartar de hazernos daņos
Tras este error vino otro desatino,
Que fue a’l niņo dar arco duro y flechas
En fuerįas, siendo el niņo tan mezquino.
Tras esto pintanle alas muy bien echas,
Como jamas ā buelo se levante
Por do las aves de amor sean desechas.
Siempre anda entre los hombres este infante,
Sinque de mas se alįar aya contienda,
Mostrandose en aquesto muy triunphante.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I2r p131] Y si įiego es, de que sirve la venda?
Pues que menos ni mas vista por ella
Pierde ni tiene, que ay que ella pretenda?
Y si me dizes que es muy bien tenella.
Pues el įiego jamas bien flecha tira,
Como do quiere puede este ponella?
Y si es de fuego, como en tanta yra
De llamas dura, puesque el fuego abrasa
Lo que cabe el estā con fuerįa dira?
Y como no se apaga aquesta brasa
De Amor, quando en aquellos siembra amores  [M]
De quien las aguas son morada y casa ?[4]
Mas por que no confundas en errores
Lettor, tu ymaginar tan cuydadoso,
Dirč de Amor en breve y sus primores.
Amor es un trabajo muy sabroso,
Echo de oįiosidad muy descansada.
D’esto serā retrato milagroso,
En un escudo negro, una granada.

[Marginalia - link to text]Hesiodo.

[Marginalia - link to text]Pezes Nymphas &c.

Notes:

1.  The question mark is editorial, replacing a full-stop.

2.  ‘nieve’. Snow is a tradional hardship endured by the hopeful lover who finds the door shut against him. See e.g. Horace, Odes 3.10..

3.  Nestor, king of Pylos, who had outlived three generations of men, was a proverbial example of extreme old age.

4.  the poet Hesiod who, at Theogony 120, describes Love as a primeval cosmic force.

5.  ‘Pezes Nymphas &c.’ - marginal note: a reference to the many legends of water nymphs and other water spirits succumbing to love


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CONSILIO ET VIRTUTE CHI-  [M]
maeram
superari id est fortiores
& deceptores.

Wisdom and courage defeat Chimaera (i.e. the powerful and deceivers).

[Marginalia - link to text]Vide Fulgentium in Mithalogiis libro. 3. in principio.

Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare Chimaeram,
Et licii potuit sternere monstra soli.[1]
Sic tu Pegasei vectus petis aethera pennis,
Consilioque animi[2] monstra superba domas.

Bellerophon, that bold horseman, was able to overcome the Chimaera and lay low the monsters of the Lycian land. You likewise, borne on wings of Pegasus, seek the high heavens and, by the counsel of reason, tame proud monsters.

Notes:

1.  The King of Lycia imposed on Bellerophon, among other tasks, that of killing the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, serpent’s tail and goat’s body. He achieved this last with the aid of the winged horse Pegasus, which Athena, goddess of wisdom, helped him to catch.

2.  ‘by the counsel of reason’. The name Bellerophon was interpreted by some as ‘bringer of counsel’. The Chimaera symbolised various uncontrolled passions.


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