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Les Coquuz.

PROBLEME.

D’ond vient cela, que Lombardz citadins
Nomment coquuz, paysans Contadins?
Le coquu chante au primtemps. L’ors sont ceulx
(Qui n’hont pas faict leurs vignes) paresseux.[1]
Au nid d’aultruy ses oeufz le coquu pose,
Comme qui d’aultre adultere l’espouse.

Coquuz proprement ne sont pas ceulx
qui hont femme ribaulde, mais au contraire
ceulx qui couchent avec la femme d’aul-
truy. Le mot prins sur la nature de L’oy-
seau, qui pont ses oeufz au nid des aultres.

Notes:

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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    Cria a’l cuervo sacarte ha el ojo.

    OTTAVA ACEPHALA.

    El pastor innocente me ha impelido
    Que crie a’l lobo con la leche mia,[1]
    El qual despues que fuere bien creçido
    Mamando de mis tetas à porfia
    Se ha de bolver a mi, que la malicia
    Jamas con buena obra se desquicia.[2]

    Notes:

    1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

    2.  See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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