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Que en el matrimonio se requiere reverencia.

Ottava rhima.

Quando de Venus en furor se enšiende
La bivora y se allega Ó la ribera
Pidiendo con silvar lo que pretende
A la Muręna faz’ [=haz’] salir Ó fuera á[M]
Que con presteša da lo que ya entiende
Mostrando Ó los casados la manera
Como Ó de ser el thalamo tratado
Con animo de entrambos conšertado.[1]

[Marginalia - link to text]Lamprea.

Notes:

1. áFor 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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Vigilantia & custodia.

Vigilance and protection

EMBLEMA XV.

Instantis qu˛d signa canens det gallus eoi,
Et revocet famulas ad nova pensa manus:
Turribus in sacris effingitur aerea pelvis,
Ad superos mentem[1] qu˛d revocet vigilem.
Est leo, sed custos oculis quia dormit apertis,[2]
Templorum idcirc˛ ponitur ante fores.

Because the cock by its crowing gives the signal of approaching dawn and recalls working hands to fresh tasks, it is placed on top of church towers. A bronze bell (is hung there) because it recalls the waking mind to heaven. But a lion is on guard because it sleeps with its eyes open. For that reason it is placed before church doors.

Notes:

1. áIn most editions pelvis and mentem are the other way round.

2. áoculis quia dormit apertis, ‘because it sleeps with its eyes open’. See Isidore, Etymologiae, 12.2.5: when lions are asleep, their eyes remain awake. See also Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.39.


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