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COTOGNI.

Quince.


Precetto di Solon fu, ch’a li sposi
Il Cotogno per don s’appresentasse.
Questi al gusto son cari e dilettosi,
E soglion confortar le membra lasse.
Cosi deve il marito e la mogliera
Vita menar fra lor dolce e sincera.


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Ilex.

The holm-oak

XXXVII.

Duritie nimia[1] qud sese rumperet ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

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1. Duritie nimia, ‘excessive inflexibility’. Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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