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Cu Cu.

Dialogo. Lettor. Autor.

Ottava rhima.

L. Que causa tiene (dime) el caminante
Para dezir Cu Cu à 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 à 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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    Vespertilio.

    The bat

    Emblema lxi.

    Assumpsisse suum volucri ex Mineide nomen,[1]
    Socraticum autores Chaerephoonta ferunt.[2]
    Fusca viro facies, & stridens vocula, tali
    Hunc hominem potuit commaculare nota.

    Writers tell us that Chaerephon, Socrates’ follower, got his particular name from the winged daughter of Minyas. It was his sallow complexion and squeaky little voice that gave rise to such a slur to sully his reputation.

    CHaerephon Atheniensis, Socratis discipulus tam
    pertinaciter libris incubuit, ut nocturnis lucu-
    brationibus extenuatus maximum pallorem ma-
    ciémque contraxerit, adeò ut vulgari ioco Noctua,
    aut ut aliis placet, Vespertilio nominaretur. Id pro-
    verbii legere est apud Aristophanem, in macilen-
    tum & pallore confectum.

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    Le Chauvesouris.

    ON dit que Cherephon par un brocard commun
    Chauvesouris fut dit & nommé d’un chacun:
    Possible que la voix petite, & le visage
    Un peu brun, ont donné ce blasme au personnage.

    CHerephon Athenien, disciple de So-
    crates
    , estudia si fort opiniastrement,
    de maniere qu’estant extenué des veilles no-
    cturnes, devint si palle & sec, qu’on l’appel-
    la chouette, ou chauvesouris, par un soubri-
    quet. C’est un proverbe qui se treuve dans
    Aristophane, contre un qui est tout extenué
    & palle.

    Notes:

    1.  For the transformation of the daughters of Minyas (the founder of the earliest race of Greeks) into bats - for refusing to worship Dionysus - see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.389ff.

    2.  Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.


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