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Que mas puede la eloquençia que
la fortaleza.

TERCETOS.

En la siniestra el arco descubre,
Y la derecha tien’ la clava dura,
Y la piel d’el leon su cuerpo cubre.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H7r p125] Luego esta es la facion de Hercules pura
Mas no le quadra aquello que està cano,
Como hombre ya de edad vieja y madura.
Mas que querrà dezir que està el anciano
La lengua con cadenas trespasada
Con que lleva tras si à el vulgo insano?
Es por que Alcides con lengua acordada  [M]
A los pueblos Françeses componia
Mas que por fortaleza aventajada.[1]
Las armas con la paz no ayan porfia
Pues aun à los muy duros coraçones
Doma con buen hablar sabiduria.[2]

[Marginalia - link to text]Hercules.

Notes:

1.  The original Spanish has a question mark here.

2.  This verse is based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.


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IN VITAM HUMANAM.

On human life

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Plus solito humanae nunc defle incomoda vitae
Heraclite, scatet pluribus illa malis.
Tu rursus, si quando alias extolle[1] cachinnum,
Democrite, illa magis ludicra facta fuit.
Interea haec cernens meditor, qua denique tecum.
Fine fleam, aut tecum quomodo splene iocer.[2]

Weep now, Heraclitus, even more than you did, for the ills of human life. It teems with far more woes. And you, Democritus, if ever you laughed before, raise your cackle now. Life has become more of a joke. Meanwhile, seeing all this, I consider just how far I can weep with you, how laugh bitterly with you.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata, and also corrected by hand in this copy.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A50a016]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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