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Che la eloquenza vince la fortezza.

Eloquence wins out over strength.


Tien ne la destre la sua clava Alcide,
E l’arco serba ne la manca mano,
Ch’armi gli fur sendo giovane fide,
Et hor, ch’č; vecchio, egli l’adopra in vano.
La lingua fora una catena, & ella
Huomini molti per l’orecchie tira,
Per monstra forse, ch’ei con la favella
Die ā populi le leggi, e spense l’ira.
E questa vera e sola cagion parme.
Cedano adunque a i buon consigli l’arme


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  • 'litterae', symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ literature; 'Lettere' (Ripa) [48C90] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositā dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtų del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) [54A7] Search | Browse Iconclass

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Contra los que se acompaņan de rufianes.

Ottava rhima.

Gran summa de ladrones te acompaņa
Scęva, y de coraįon muy generoso
Te piensas, por hazer tan grande hazaņa
Que no aya algun rufian ni hombre vicioso
Que luego no se halle en tu compaņa.
As de ser como Actęon venturoso,
El qual en ciervo siendo transformado
De sus lebreles fue despedazado.[1]

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1.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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