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A moro muerto gran lançada.

Ottava rhima.

Como despues de herido de la mano
Del impio Achilles viesse ansi arrastrarse
Hector[1], en derredor de aquel Troyano
Muro, no pudo menos de esforçarse
A baldonar un pueblo tan profano,
Qualquier (diciendo) venga en mi à vengarse
Que ansi las liebres pelan (como es cierto)
La barba d’el leon despues de muerto.[2]


1.  Hector was the greatest warrior on the Trojan side in the Trojan War, killed in single combat by Achilles, the Greek champion. See Homer, Iliad 22.367ff. and 24.14ff. for Achilles’ desecration of Hector’s body, dragging it, tied by the feet behind his chariot, round the tomb of Patroclus.

2.  The end of the verse is based on the two-line epigram Anthologia graeca 16.4, where, in Planudes’ text, the words are attributed to Hector in the heading.

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