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Amygdalus.

The almond

XLIII.

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flores?
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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    Le saulx.[1]

    Le Saulx fruyct-perd, nommé Homere divin,[2]
    Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

    Homere souverain Poete, ha par propre epithete
    appellé le Saulx fruict perd, pource qu’il ne porte point
    de fruyct, & croist en l’eau, ou pres de l’eau. Par cela
    signifiant, que les beuveurs d’eau sont infructueux de
    corps, ou d’esprit: mesme que la semence du Saulx
    faict perdre chaleur naturelle, & puissance d’engendrer.

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    1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

    2.  Homer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.


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