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



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    Le houx.

    XXXVII.

    Le houx s’esclatte & rompt par sa trop grand’ durté: [1]
    Et le bourgeois se perd par opiniastreté.

    Commentaire.

    Pericle disoit que les Beotiens ressembloyent au
    houx: car comme les houx se rompent l’un l’autre:
    ainsi les Beotiens s’entredeschiroyent les uns les au-
    tres. Ce qui se dit des Beotiens, se peut dire à bonnes
    enseignes de plusieurs autres, seditieux, ligueurs,
    remueurs, & de dur col, lesquels on romproit plu-
    stost, que de les faire fleschir ou ployer.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).



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