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Que la pobreza impide subir los
ingeniosos.[1]

Ottava rhima.

Colgado est de la derecha mano
Un canto, y la siniestra est encumbrada
Con unas alasque subirme en vano
Trabajan, por que tanto la pesada
Carga detiene, quanto de este llano
La pluma sube la region no hollada,
Que ansi estuviera aqueste ingenio en alto
Si mi pobreza no impidiera el salto.

Notes:

1. For the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’


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