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Que la letra mata y el Spiritu da vida.[1]

Ottava rhima.

Los hombres que nasçieron de la tierra
De los dientes sembrados d’el serpiente
Haziendo el uno a’l otro fiera guerra
Cayeron mal heridos ygualmente.
Mas entre aquellos que el furor atierra
Pallas guardò la parte mas prudente.
Las letras hallò Cadmo, que fatigan:
El alma mas las sciençias la mitigan.[2]

Notes:

1.  2 Corinthians 3:6.

2.  For the story of Cadmus, founder of Thebes ), and the dragon’s teeth, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.99ff. Pallas brought the internecine struggle between the earth-born warriors to an end. Cadmus supposedly introduced writing to Greece. The scattering of the dragon’s teeth was interpreted as the invention of the alphabet.


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Morus.

The mulberry

EMBLEMA CCIX.

Serior at morus numquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat:[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.25.102: “the mulberry is the last of domesticated trees to shoot, and only does so when the frosts are over; for that reason it is called the wisest of trees”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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