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La Esperança çercana.

Ottava rhima.

De tempestad contina maltratada
Està nuestra ciudad, y solo resta
Esp’rança de salud muy esperada,
Como la nave que en alta mar puesta
Siendo del fiero viento fatigada
Espera de sus curas sola esta,
Venir los dos hermanos[1] de la Helena  [M]
Con quien el ayre escuro se serena.

[Marginalia - link to text]Castor y Polux vulgamente sanselmo.

Notes:

1.  ‘The brothers of Helen’, i.e., as the Spanish side-note explains, the stars Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, protectors of sailors.


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Reverence estre requise en Mariage.

Quand le serpent veult froyer au poisson,
Il met tout hors son venin, & poison,
Puys en sifflant la muraine il appelle:[1]
Incontinent vers son masle vient elle.
Ainsi doibt estre en un lict nuptial
Honneur des deux, tresreverential.

A l’exemple du prudent serpent, qui devant que froyer avec la
muraine (soit lamproie, ou autre") vomit & laisse son ve-
nin, & icelle à son appel sifflant, obeyt, & vient vers luy: Ain-
si les gens mariéz se doivent assembler en Amour, & reve
rence l’ung de l’autre, toute male affection, & courroux
jecté hors du coeur, & despoillé quant & quant les habitz.

Notes:

1.  For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.


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