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Que mas puede la eloquençia que
la fortaleza.

TERCETOS.

En la siniestra el arco descubre,
Y la derecha tien’ la clava dura,
Y la piel d’el leon su cuerpo cubre.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H7r p125] Luego esta es la facion de Hercules pura
Mas no le quadra aquello que està cano,
Como hombre ya de edad vieja y madura.
Mas que querrà dezir que està el anciano
La lengua con cadenas trespasada
Con que lleva tras si à el vulgo insano?
Es por que Alcides con lengua acordada  [M]
A los pueblos Françeses componia
Mas que por fortaleza aventajada.[1]
Las armas con la paz no ayan porfia
Pues aun à los muy duros coraçones
Doma con buen hablar sabiduria.[2]

[Marginalia - link to text]Hercules.

Notes:

1.  The original Spanish has a question mark here.

2.  This verse is based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.


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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P4r p231]

Eloquence difficile.[1]

L’herbe bailla Mercure à Ulysses,
Contrepoison aulx breuvages Circes.[2]
Moly s’appelle, & ha noire racine,
Fleur blanche, & rouge, à trouver bien insigne.
Pure eloquence, est d’attraction pleine,
Mais à plusieurs est oeuvre de grand peine.

Par l’herbe Moly en Homere de noire racine, fleur blanche,
& purpurine, tresdifficile à trouver: est entendue eloquence, au
commencement obscure, puys florissante, claire, & honorée.
Mais difficile à acquerir, sinon aulx bons espritz laquelle sur-
monte toute malice, & obtient grand grace à celluy qui l’ha.

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1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  See Homer, Odyssey, 10.270ff. for the story of the encounter of Ulysses and his crew with the sorceress Circe on the island of Aeaea. The plant moly is described ibid, 302-6. See Emblem 70 ([A58a070]), for the effect of Circe’s poisoned cup. Cf. Erasmus, De Copia (Loeb edition, 1.91 D), where moly is interpreted as wisdom rather than eloquence. Cf. Coustau, ‘In herbam Moly, ex Homero’ ([FCPb073]).


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