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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 Coing.[1]

    A la nouvelle espouse donnoit l’on
    Jadis des Coings, par la loy de Solon.[2]
    Bons sont au coeur: & rendent bonne aleine
    Pour bien penser: sans parolle villaine.

    Les Coings confortent le coeur, & inspirent douce
    aleine à la bouche. Et d’iceulx les presens jadis faictz
    aux nouvelles espouses, les admonnestoient de avoir le
    coeur net en bonne, & honneste pensée: & la bouche de
    bonne odeur, en pudiques, & honnestes parolles.

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

    2.  See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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