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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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El Membrillo.

SEMIOTTAVA.

Precepto de Solon fu que la esposa
El membrillo por don se presentasse,
Por ser muy sana fruta y deleytosa,
Y que en la boca suave olor dexasse.[1]

Notes:

1. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.



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