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La Occasion.

TERCETOS.

Soy obra de Lysippo,[1] y soy llamada
La coyuntura d’el tiempo prendido
De quien no ay cosa que no este domada.
Estoy en lo mas alto y mas subido
De aquesta rueda, porque siempre ruedo.
Y el pie de leves alas es fornido
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [C3r p37] Porque parar no pueda ni estar quedo.
Y para declarar mi delgadeza
Y quanto desatar y cortar puedo
Navaja traigo de gran agudeza.
Y porque à quien topare pueda asirme
Cabello diò delante a mi cabeza.
Y por si alguno permitiere irme
No pueda por detras despues tomarme
Prendiendome con mano çierta y firme
Quiso de la cabeza despojarme
De los cabellos la parte postrera
Y en publico lugar manifestarme
Para que vista fuesse de qualquiera.

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1.  Greek sculptor, 4th century BC.


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Fortuna virtutem superans.

Fortune triumphant over virtue

EMBLEMA CXIX.

Caesareo postquàm superatus milite, vidit
Civili undantem sanguine Pharsaliam;
Iam iam stricturus moribunda in pectora ferrum,
Audaci hos Brutus protulit ore sonos:
Infelix Virtus; & solis provida verbis,
Fortunam in rebus cur sequeris dominam?[1]

Brutus, defeated by the Caesarean troops, saw Pharsalia flowing with citizen blood. As he was about to plunge the sword into his dying heart, he spoke these words with undaunted voice: ‘Unhappy virtue, prudent only in word - why do you in reality submit to dominating fortune?’

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1.  After the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius became the leaders of the Republican cause. The Caesarean troops, led by Mark Antony and Octavian, Caesar’s heir, defeated them in 42 BC in two battles at Philippi in Macedonia. (Pharsalus in Thessaly was the site of the battle in 48 BC in which Julius Caesar had defeated Pompey in a previous round of the Civil Wars. Pharsalia is here loosely used, as in the Roman poets, to refer to both sites of similar civil conflict.) For Brutus’ suicide after the defeat, see the end of Plutarch’s Life of Brutus.


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