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Les Coquuz.

Probleme.

D’ond vient cela, que Lombardz citadins
Nomment coquuz, paysans Contadins?
Le coquu chante au printems. 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 ont femme ribaude, mais au con-
traire ceulx qui couchent avec la fem-
me d’aultruy. Le mot prins sur la na-
ture de L’oyseau, 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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    Ire.

    Du fier Lyon la queuë est dicte alce,[1]
    D’ond il se bat, quand il est courroucé,
    Quand la cholere, & le fiel amer monte,
    Fureur s’esmeut que raison point ne dompte.

    Ire faict oublier raison, & ainsi
    transmue l’homme en beste fu-
    rieuse qui se nuict à elle mesme.

    Notes:

    1.  The Greek word ἀλκαία was supposedly derived from ἀλκή ‘strength’ (see emblem 3, [A58a003]). The Etymologicum Magnum, an ancient Greek lexicon, defines ἀλκαία as ‘properly the tail of the lion, because it urges him on to strength (ἀλκή)’. Pliny, Natural History, 8.16.49, describes how the lion’s tail lashes with increasing fury and spurs him on. See also Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.39.


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