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VICES

Contre victoire acquise par fraude.

Prosopopoeie.

Sur le tombeau d’Ajax, je vertu pleure,
Ayant rompu ma blanche cheveleure.
Cela restoit que fusse condamnée
Par Juges Grecz,[1] Fraude pour droict donnée.

Par les traistres, & faulx Juges, le bon droict est ren
versé, & le tort exaulcé. Comme au proces des
armes d’Achilles, entre Ajax, & Ulysses, adjugées
à celuy auquel point n’appartenoyent.

Notes:

1.  The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, see [A58a027].


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IMPOSSIBILE.

The impossible

Abluis Aethiopem quid frustra? ah desine, noctis
Illustrare nigrae nemo potest tenebras.[1]

Why are you washing an Ethiopian in vain? Oh, do stop. No one can turn the shades of black night into light.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 11.428. See also Aesop, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 350, Aethiopen lavas.


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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilit� humana, Fugacit� delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanit� (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
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