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Cherephon.

XCI.

D’une chauvesouris Cherephon print le nom:
Car pour estudier il veilloit sans cesser.
Sa face s’enfuma, sa voix vint ā crisser,
Parquoy tresjustement il acquit tel surnom.[1]

Commentaires.

Cerephon Athenien, disciple de Socrates, s’opi-
niastra tellement ā estudier, qu’estant estrangement
affoibli par ses veilles nocturnes, il en devint pasle &
maigre extremement: si que par gausserie on l’appe-
loit chouëtte ou chauvesouris. S’appliquer sans cesse ā
l’estude des arts liberaux, fait devenir maigre: La
maigreur sans doute, diminue la voix: la suye des
lampes rend la face noire & enfumee.

Notes:

1.  Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.


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    El murįielago.

    QUARTEL DE SONETO.

    Dizen que Chęrophon[1] tomō su nombre
    D’el ave que Meneida[2] fue llamada,  [M]
    Que en tener negro rostro y voz delgada
    Pudo de tal seņal sacar renombre.

    [Marginalia - link to text]Del murzielago.

    Notes:

    1.  Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.

    2.  For the transformation of the daughters of Minyas (the founder of the earliest race of Greeks) into bats, for refusing to worship Dionysus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.389ff.


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