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Gratiam referendam.

Show gratitude.

AŽrio insignis pietate Ciconia nido
Investes pullos pignora grata fovet.
Taliaque expectat sibi munera mutua reddi,
Auxilio hoc quoties mater egebit anus:
Nec pia spem soboles fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora fert humeris, praestat & ore cibos.[1]

The stork, famed for its dutiful care, in its airy nest cherishes its featherless chicks, its dear pledges of love. The mother bird expects that the same kind of service will be shown her in return, whenever she needs such help in her old age. Nor does the dutiful brood disappoint this hope, but bears its parents’ weary bodies on its wings and offers food with its beak.

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La Cigoigne en lespoir estant
Que ses petitz mis hors denfance,
Luy rendront du plaisir autant,
Met peine a leur donner sustance,
Dont ilz font grant recongnoissance,
Car au temps que plus force na,
On luy fournist vol & pitance
Ainsi prant, ce quelle donna.


1.See Pliny, Natural History 10.32.63: cranes care for their parents’ old age in their turn. See also Aelian, De natura animalium 3.23.

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