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La viçiosa delicadeza.

Ottava rhima.

Muestra el Armiño la delicadeza
Viçiosa,[1] mas la causa no se dello.
Por aventura es porque en su terneza
Se halla luxuria? ò porque el tierno vello
D’el orna de las damas la belleza?
Llamaron à la Marta unos zibello,[2]
Por ser de la luxuria afęminada
(Como el Almizque) señal apropiada.

Notes:

1.  The ‘white mouse’ of the original Latin is here given as ‘armiño’ = ermine.

2.  marta / zibello, ‘civet cat’, one source of musk, an ingredient in many perfumes.


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    Amour de soymesme.

    LXXI.

    Pourquoy te plaisoit tant, ô Narcisse, ta forme,
    Puis qu’en fleur tout soudain il faut qu’on te transforme?[1]
    Souvent l’amour de soy les gents doctes transporte,
    Nul bien il ne leur fait, ains blasme il leur apporte:
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P3r p229] Car au lieu d’insister en la methode ancienne,
    Chacun embrasse & suit la fantasie sienne.

    Commentaires.

    Nous sommes appris par cest embleme, que l’a-
    mour de soymesme est tresdangereux. Ceste philautie
    nous rend enflés, envieux, audacieux, faineants, &
    nous entretient en nostre ignorance. Celuy qui se louë
    soymesme, n’est pas bien veu de ses voisins. Ce vice
    sied mal en un chacun, mais principalement aux
    nourrissons des Muses.

    Notes:

    1.  For the story of Narcissus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.344ff. On the flower, see Pliny, Natural History, 21.75.128: “there are two kinds of narcissus... The leafy one ... makes the head thick and is called narcissus from narce (‘numbness’), not from the boy in the story.” (cf. ‘narcotic’).


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