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La viįiosa delicadeza.

Ottava rhima.

Muestra el Armiņo la delicadeza
Viįiosa,[1] mas la causa no se dello.
Por aventura es porque en su terneza
Se halla luxuria? ō porque el tierno vello
D’el orna de las damas la belleza?
Llamaron ā la Marta unos zibello,[2]
Por ser de la luxuria afęminada
(Como el Almizque) seņal apropiada.

Notes:

1.  The ‘white mouse’ of the original Latin is here given as ‘armiņo’ = ermine.

2.  marta / zibello, ‘civet cat’, one source of musk, an ingredient in many perfumes.


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    Dolus in suos.

    Treachery against one’s own kind.

    LXXIX [=80] .

    Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis
    Adsueta ad dominos ire redire suos,
    Congeneres cernens volitare per aëra turmas,
    Garrit, in illarum se recipitque gregem,
    Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat.
    Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet.
    Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales,
    Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[1]

    The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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