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Victoire acquise par fraude.

IX.

Vertu suis sur ce tombeau peincte,
Rompant mes cheveux & visage:
Qui fais pour Ajax ma complainte,
Qu’on priva de son heritage:
Car Ulysses, par beau langage,[1]
Eut les armures d’Achilles:
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [B1v p18] Ainsi beau parler fait dommage,
Et a maint droits anichils.

commentaires.

Vertu se lamente sur le sepulcre d’Ajax (que les
uns mettent au promontoire Sigee, les autres le met-
tent au promontoire Rhetee,) & se plaint cause du
tort & injure que les Grecs firent Ajax, Seigneur
tresvaillant, lequel ayant tant bien faict en la guerre
de Troye, neantmoins l’armure d’Achilles luy fut re-
fusee, qui de droit luy appartenoit, & l’emporta Ulys-
ses
par son babil & ruse. Ce qu’Ajax porta si impa-
tiemment, qu’il en vint hors du feu, de honte & de
cholere, & en fin se tua. Pleust Dieu qu’aujour-
d’huy on n’eust pas tant d’occasion de pleurer & se
plaindre pour les injustices qui se font s sieges de ju-
stice.

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 Daly 028.


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Que no se de descubrir el secreto.

Ottava rhima.

Traxo esculpido el gran pueblo de Marte [M]
En sus banderas[1] (como consejero)
A el monstro que enerr con subtil arte [M]
En Laberintho el noble carpintero.[2]
Por declarar que no ha de aver mas parte
De descubrirse, el capitan guerrero,
Que el Laberintho tuvo de salida
Por que la astuia daa si es sabida.[3]

[Marginalia - link to text]Roma.

[Marginalia - link to text]Minautoro. Daedalo.

Notes:

1. According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

2. ‘The monster that the noble carpenter imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

3. Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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