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Cu Cu.

Dialogo. Lettor. Autor.

Ottava rhima.

L. Que causa tiene (dime) el caminante
Para dezir Cu Cu los labradores?
A. Porque canta el cuclillo un poco ante
Que entre el verano, y deven las labores
De la vid acabarse antes que cante
Esta ave, que con otros mas primores
Sus huevos en ageno nido asienta,
Como el que la muger agena afrenta.[1]


1. See Pliny, Natural History, 18.66.249, and Horace, Satires, 1.7.31, for the use of the word ‘cuckoo’ as term of mockery for the idle man who has failed to finish pruning his vines before the cuckoo is heard calling.

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