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La Ira.

Ottava rhima.

Plugo Ó los muy antiguos escrittores
Llamar la cola d’el leon Alcęa,[1]
Por que con ella incita sus furores
Quando se ve en el tranše ˛ la pelea.
La colera le sube y los rancores,
Enšiendesse y por todo se rodea.
Como quien con la loca yra se enoja
Y Ó la furiosa rabia el freno afloja.

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1. áThe Greek word ἀλκαία was supposedly derived from ἀλκή ‘strength’ (see emblem 198, [A49a198]). The Etymologicum Magnum, an ancient Greek lexicon, defines ἀλκαία as ‘properly the tail of the lion, because it urges him on to strength (ἀλκή)’. Pliny, Natural History, 8.16.49, describes how the lion’s tail lashes with increasing fury and spurs him on. See also Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.39.


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Amour de soymesme .

Apostrophe.

Narcis: par trop te plaire en ta beaultÚ
MuÚ en fleur, sans sens tu has estÚ.[1]
Cuyder de soy est, & fut la ruine
De maints savans, Qui laissans la doctrine
Des anciens: aultre voye ont choisie,
Pour n’enseigner rien que leur phantaisie.

Trop cuyder de soy faict laisser le
mieulx des aultres, Ó la grand per-
te, & confusion de l’oultrecuyde.

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1. áFor the story of Narcissus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.344ff. On the flower, see Pliny, Natural History, 21.75.128: ‘there are two kinds of narcissus... The leafy one ... makes the head thick and is called narcissus from narce (numbness), not from the boy in the story.’ (cf. narcotic).


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