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La Grama.

Ottava rhima.

De Grama una corona Ó Fabio dieron
Desque venši˛ Ó Anibal y Ó la Cartago.[1]
Y de la cogujada conosšieron
Que sus hijos embuelve en este alago.
A Marte y Ó Saturno Grama dieron.
Y con Grama Polybides al vago
Pueblo se hizo dios. Y ansi estß puesta
En Grama la salud y ayuda honesta.[2]


1. áQuintus Fabius Maximus was nicknamed Cunctator, ‘the Delayer’, for his strategy of avoiding pitched battles with Hannibal’s triumphant army in the Second Punic War. This contributed to Hannibal’s eventual withdrawal from Italy. Cf. Ennius’s famous line, Annals, 370: unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem: ‘one man by his delaying tactics saved the day for us’. A crown of fresh grass plucked from the spot was given to its general by a whole army if delivered from a state of siege. Fabius was awarded such a crown by general consent for saving all Italy from the threat of Hannibal. See Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 5.6.10; Pliny, Natural History, 22.4.6ff.

2. á‘... esta puesta En Grama la salud y ayuda honesta’. See Pliny, Natural History, 24.118.178-83 for the medicinal uses of grass.

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