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Cu Cu.

Dialogo. Lettor. Autor.

Ottava rhima.

L. Que causa tiene (dime) el caminante
Para dezir Cu Cu los labradores?
A. Porque canta el cuclillo un poco ante
Que entre el verano, y deven las labores
De la vid acabarse antes que cante
Esta ave, que con otros mas primores
Sus huevos en ageno nido asienta,
Como el que la muger agena afrenta.[1]

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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    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.

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    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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