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La piedad de los hijos para con
los padres.

SEMIOTTAVA.

Dezia Eneas, quando por consejo
De Hector con su padre hizo desvio,
Quan poca gloria os es vencer ą un viejo
Tanta es librar a’l padre el hijo pio.[1]

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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AMOR FILIORUM.

Love of one’s children

Emblema. 192.

Ante diem bernam [=vernam] boreali cana palumbes
Frigore nidificat, praecoqua & ova fovet.
Mollius & pulli ut iaceant, sibi vellicat alas,
Queis nuda hiberno deficit ipsa gelu.[1]
Ecquid Colchi pudet, vel te Procne improba? mortem
Cum volucris propriae prolis amore subit?[2]

Before the day of spring, the wood-pigeon, all white with winter snow, builds her nest and cherishes her premature eggs. To make her chicks lie more softly, she plucks her own wing-feathers, and stripped of them, she herself perishes from the wintry frost. Woman of Colchis, do you feel any shame? Or you, heartless Procne? - when a bird submits to death out of love for her own off-spring.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.95.

2.  Both Medea (the woman of Colchis) and Procne killed their own children. They are the legendary infamous child-killers. See [A15a070] n. for Procne, [A15a054] n. for Medea.


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