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Amygdalus.

The almond

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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Que la letra mata y el Spiritu da vida.[1]

Ottava rhima.

Los hombres que nasçieron de la tierra
De los dientes sembrados d’el serpiente
Haziendo el uno a’l otro fiera guerra
Cayeron mal heridos ygualmente.
Mas entre aquellos que el furor atierra
Pallas guardò la parte mas prudente.
Las letras hallò Cadmo, que fatigan:
El alma mas las sciençias la mitigan.[2]

Notes:

1.  2 Corinthians 3:6.

2.  For the story of Cadmus, founder of Thebes ), and the dragon’s teeth, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.99ff. Pallas brought the internecine struggle between the earth-born warriors to an end. Cadmus supposedly introduced writing to Greece. The scattering of the dragon’s teeth was interpreted as the invention of the alphabet.


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