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Contra la victoria ganada por engaņo.

Ottava rhima.

Sobre la tumba triste y desdichada
De Aiax llorando rasgo mis cabellos
Yo misera Virtud, ya desterrada
D’entre los hombres, que ya soy entr’ellos
(Aun siendo el Griego juez)[1] abandonada
Del engaņoso engaņo, que sobrellos
Dominio tiene atanto, que mi nombre
Apenas es oído de algun hombre.

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1.  The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, see [A49a038].


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Silentium.

Silence

EMBLEMA XI.

Cum tacet, haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens:
Stultitiae est index linguaque voxque suae.
Ergo premat labias, digitoque silentia signet:
Et sese Pharium vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

Notes:

1.  Harpocrates, also known as Horus, was the son of the Egyptian divinity Isis. He avenged the murder of his father Osiris by Set/Typhon. He is often represented as an infant with his finger held to his mouth as a sign of silence and economy of words. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 68.


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  • Wisdom; 'Sapienza', 'Sapienza humana', 'Sapienza vera' (Ripa) [52A51] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Taciturnity; 'Secretezza', 'Secretezza overo Taciturnitā' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [52DD3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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