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Amour de ses enfans.

Apostrophe.

Le Ramier faict son nid avant le ver,
Et ses oeufz couve au plus fort de l’hyver:
Pour ses petitz sa plume arrache, & nu
Il meurt de froid, quand l’hyver est venu.[1]
Progné, Medée, honte point ne te mord?
Veu qu’un oyseau pour les siens reçoit mort?[2]

La Palumbe qui se despoille, & meurt de froid pour
couvrir & eschaufer ses petiz venuz en hyver: donne
exemple de piteuse mere à toutes femmes: & faict honte à
celles qui laissent perir leurs enfans, par faulte de cure,
ou les tuent, comme feit Progné & Medée.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.95.

2.  Both Medea and Procne killed their own children. They are the legendary infamous child-killers. See [A58a064] n. for Procne, [A58a051] n. for Medea.


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Nella fecondità a se medesima dannosa.

On fertility which is harmful to itself.


Misera noce in su la strada posta,
Sono a chi passa e più a fanciulli giuoco.
Ogniuncon pietre in mano e me s’accosta,
E mi laceran tutta a poco a poco.
Che mertarebbe steril pianta, s’io
Portho e produco i fruti al danno mio?


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