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La castidad.


Pecc’a Porphirio la muger lo sabe
Matasse y llora triste y dolorosa.[1]
Cubierta estā la causa: mas esta ave  [M]
Serā seņal de castidad honrrosa.

[Marginalia - link to text]La Tortola.


1.  For information about the porphyrio (purple gallinule, a kind of moorhen) see Aelian, De Natura animalium, 3.42; Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, 9,388C: the purple gallinule ... when it is domesticated, ... keeps a sharp eye on married women and is so affected if the wife commits adultery, that it ends its life by strangling and so gives warning to its master.

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