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Che i consigli appalesar non si debbono.

One’s counsels should not be revealed.


L’infame Mostro; che con nobil arte
Dedalo chiuse in cieco Labirintho.
In ogni impresa il buon popol di Marte
Ne le bandiere sue portò dipinto,
Per darne a diveder, ch’in chiusa parte,
E da silentio d’ogn’intorno cinto
Dev’esser di chi regge ogni consiglio.
Che inteso, apporta ogn’hor danno, e periglo.


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In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

Aiacis tumulum lacrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

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, [A34b038].

2.  See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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