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Cotonea.

The quince

XXXVI.

Poma novis tribui debere cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cum sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manet & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

Notes:

1. áantiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.



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    COTOGNI.

    Quince.


    Precetto di Solon fu, ch’a li sposi
    Il Cotogno per don s’appresentasse.
    Questi al gusto son cari e dilettosi,
    E soglion confortar le membra lasse.
    Cosi deve il marito e la mogliera
    Vita menar fra lor dolce e sincera.



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