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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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ALIUS PECCAT, ALIUS
plectitur.

One sins and another is punished

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Arripit ut lapidem catulus morsuque fatigat,
Nec percussori mutua damna facit.
Sic plerique sinunt veros elabier hosteīs,
Et quos nulla gravat noxia dente petunt.[1]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.


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