Quatrain 06-54: Moroccan king captured in 3162
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile
Au poinct du iour au second chant du coq,
Ceulx de Tunes,de Fez,& de Bugie:
Par les Arabes captif le Roy Maroq,
L'an mil six cens & sept,de Liturgie.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
At daybreak at the second crowing of the cock,
Those of Tunis, of Fez and of Bougie,
By the Arabs the king of Morocco captured,
The year sixteen hundred and seven, of the Liturgy.

Van Berkel categorizes this quatrain as a year quatrain.
The lowest year number in the quatrains is the year 580, mentioned in quatrain 06-02. The highest year number is the year 1999, mentioned in quatrain 10-72. These numbers are smaller than 2242, the number of years of the time span of the quatrains. This led to the "reference number system".
The idea on which the reference number system is based, is that the years, mentioned in the quatrains, are not years, but reference numbers in the series of years between 1555 and 3797, the time span of the quatrains.
The fulfilment year of this quatrain is the year 3162 (1555 + 1607). The meaning of the words "of the Liturgy" is not clear.


Comment by Wöllner

Source text: Le Pelletier, 1867
Au poinct du iour au second chant du coq,
Ceulx de Tunes, de Fez, & de Bugie,
Par les Arabes , captif le Roy Maroq,
L'an mil six cens & sept, de Liturgie.

Translation (Wöllner, 1926)
Gegen Tagesanbruch beim zweiten Hahnenschrei
Die von Tunis, Fez und Bougie.
Von den Arabern wird der marokkanische König gefangengenommen
um das Jahr 1607, nach gottesdienstlicher Vorschrift.

Wöllner connects the fourth line of this quatrain with a Solar Eclipse, occurring on February 16, 1607 (Julian calendar) on 7 Pisces, which in Fez was clearly visible. Regarding history, he referred to the quarrel between two brothers, princes, where Mulei Zidan, the oldest, king of Fez, wanted to rule again over Morocco.[1]


De Meern, the Netherlands, February 18, 2004
T.W.M. van Berkel


The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. Wöllner, p.41-42. According to software data, the Solar Eclipse occurred on February 26, 1607, Gregorian calendar, on 8 Pisces, with the Caput Draconis on 14 Virgo.  [text]


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