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Que no es don el don d’el enemigo.[1][2]

Memoria hazer queriendo de la ayrada
Furia d’el riguroso y fiero Marte
A Aiax Hector di su linda espada,
Y Hector Aiax di su talabarte.
La muerte fu en el don entrambos dada:
Que Aiax se mata, y ti Hector arrastrarte
Uvo aquel incho. Los dones son tales
D’el enemigo que so el bien dan males.[3]


1. The metrical form is not indicated here.

2. The gifts of enemies are no gifts. See Sophocles, Ajax 665, where Ajax so speaks of the ill-fated sword he had received from Hector.

3. See Homer Iliad 7.299, for the occasion in the Trojan War when Hector (the Trojan hero, son of Priam) and Ajax (Telamon’s descendant, one of the best fighters on the Greek side) met in single combat and afterwards, the honours being even, exchanged gifts. (Ajax was carrying the vast shield for which he was famed). Later, he committed suicide by falling on the sword he received from Hector (see [A49a038] n. and [A49a137] n.). Hector was later killed in single combat by Achilles (prince of Thessaly, the Greek champion), who desecrated the body by tying it behind his chariot and dragging it about before the eyes of the Trojans. See [A49a057].

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