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La estatua de la Verguença.

TERCETOS.

La casta Penelope deseava
Yr con Ulysses, si no la tuviera
Su padre, que la Sparta la mandava.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K6r p155] Ithaca le da aquel, y ella quisiera.
Mas el amor d’el padre y del marido
La hazen no pedir lo que escogiera.
Mas en vella su rostro ansi escondido
Y que cubria los ojos por su acato
Viò el padre que a’l esposo avia escogido,
Y ansi hizo à la verguença este retrato.[1]

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1.  See Pausanias, Periegesis, 3.20.10, for this statue and the story behind it.


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In pudoris statuam.

A statue of Modesty

III.

Penelope desponsa sequi cupiebat Ulyssem,
Ni secum Icarius mallet habere pater.[1]
Ille Ithacam, hic offert Spartem manet anxia virgo,
Hinc pater, inde viri mutuus urget amor.
Ergo sedens velat vultus, obnubit ocellos:
Ista verecundi signa pudoris erant.
Queis sibi praelatum Icarius cognovit Ulyssem,
Hocque pudori aram schemate constituit.[2]

When Penelope was betrothed, she wished to go with Ulysses, except that her father Icarius would have preferred to keep her with him. Ulysses offers Ithaca, her father Sparta. The girl is distressed: on opposite sides her father and the mutual love between her and her man make their claims on her. So she sits and covers her face, veils her eyes - those were the signs of seemly modesty. By them Icarius knew that Ulysses was preferred to himself, and he set up an altar to Modesty in this form.

Notes:

1.  Some editions give a variant reading, Ni secus Icarius ..., ‘except that ... Icarius would have preferred to have it otherwise’.

2.  See Pausanias, Periegesis, 3.20.10, for this statue and the story behind it.


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