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EMENTITA SPURIORUM
NOBILITAS.

THE TITLE OF A BASTARD IS A LIE

Filius es Solis. Puero de patre roganti.
Conscia respondit mater adulterii.
Nae verum dixit! quod possit adultera quaevis
Dicere: namque hominem Sol, & Homo generant.
Sic referunt Proceres ad patres: nomine natos
Hae quae ementito nobilitare volunt.

“You’re the son of the Sun.” So your mother replies when you, her son, ask your paternity, replies knowing her adulterous past full well. She spoke the truth: what any cheat could say, for man is engendered by man and the Sun. Just so do women refer to noble fathers, to ennoble their children with a name that is a lie.



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