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Prudentes.

The Wise.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & ante vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an quòd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

Notes:

1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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Los prudentes.

Ottava rhima.

Jano que de dos rostros guarneçido
Entiendes lo pasado y venidero,
Y como ves lo que te es offrecido
Burlas ansi de lo que fue primero,
Por que con tantos rostros te han fingido?
Por aventura es por que el hombre entero
Y sabio ha de ser tal que juntamente
Vea lo por venir y lo presente?


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