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La višiosa delicadeza.

Ottava rhima.

Muestra el Armi˝o la delicadeza
Višiosa,[1] mas la causa no se dello.
Por aventura es porque en su terneza
Se halla luxuria? ˛ porque el tierno vello
D’el orna de las damas la belleza?
Llamaron Ó la Marta unos zibello,[2]
Por ser de la luxuria afęminada
(Como el Almizque) se˝al apropiada.

Notes:

1. áThe ‘white mouse’ of the original Latin is here given as ‘armi˝o’ = ermine.

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



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    LascivetÚ.

    LXXII.

    Je ne voy point pourquoy la marthe subeline[1]
    De mignarde mollesse aux humains soit le signe.
    Est-ce pource qu’elle est de soy voluptueuse?
    Ou pource qu’elle rend la femme plus pompeuse?
    Le Sarmatique rat civette on veut nommer,[2]
    Mais le musc Arabic se fait fort renommer.[3]

    Commentaires.

    Tout parfum sent la luxure, & est de mauvais
    presage, principalement Ó l’endroict des femmes. Cel-
    le lÓ est de bonne odeur, qui n’en a point du tout.
    Le musc, & semblables parfums font voir que ceux
    qui en usent ont le coeur mol, & addonnÚ Ó luxure.
    Ce qui s’appelle rat Sarmatic, les autres l’appellent
    Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[P3v p230] chat. Or & le chat & le rat sont animaux fort lu-
    xurieux.

    Notes:

    1. ázibeline, ‘civet cat’, one source of musk, an ingredient in many perfumes.

    2. áSarmatia was the region north of the Black Sea.

    3. áThe words ‘mouse’ and ‘musk’ are connected, from the mouse-shaped sac of the male animals which produce musk. Some plants have a musky smell. Arabia was famous for plants which produced aromatic gums (e.g. incense and nard).



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