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La audiençia d’el buen principe.

SONETO.

Junto à las aras en honor tenidas
Figuras de las quales la primera
Ciega es, por que no vea aunque ver quiera
Sentadas ves sin manos esculpidas.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [F2r p83] Figuras son que dizen ser fingidas
En Thebas,[1] para que con tal manera
Muestren como an de ser en verdadera
Justiçia las audiençias sostenidas.
Estan sentadas, por que con sosiego
Se hà de tratar justiçia, y estan sin manos,
Por que el tomar no de desasosiego
Y por que l’afficion siempre hizo insanos
A los juezes, fue pintado ciego
Aquel que aprueva los juizios sanos.

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1.  Thebes in Egypt. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 10; also Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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In senatum boni principis.

On the senate of a good prince

Effigies manibus truncae ante altaria Divùm
Hic resident, quarum lumine capta prior.
Signa potestatis summae sanctique senatus
Thebanis fuerant ista reperta viris.[1]
Cur resident? quia mente graves decet esse quieta
Iuridicos, animo nec variare levi.
Cur sine sunt manibus? capiant ne xenia, nec se
Pollicitis flecti muneribusve sinant.
Caecus at est princeps: quòd solis auribus, absque
Affectu, constans iussa senatus agit.

Figures without hands sit here before the altars of the gods. The chief of them is deprived of sight. These symbols of the supreme power and of the reverend senate were discovered by men of Thebes. - Why do they sit? - Because lawgivers should be serious, of a calm mind, and not change with inconstant thoughts. - Why have they no hands? - So that they may not take gifts, nor let themselves be influenced by promises or bribes. But the president is blind, because the Senate, by hearing alone, uninfluenced by feeling, impartially discharges what it is bidden to do.

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1.  This is Thebes in Egypt. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 10; also Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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