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Praecocia non diuturna.

Early fruits don’t last.

Praecoqua si carpas, & quae matura colore
Non benč sunt, hora spes alit exigua.
Nempe cadunt fluida, atque sua putredine lucem
Momento simul haec, interitumque vident.
Bechion[1] id medicos docuit, quod flore superbo
Ante diem emisso caule statimque perit:
Ut multis dubium anceps commoverit herba,
Haec duo num soleat pignora ferre sibi.
Floribus haud tuta est properans quoque amigdalus ipsa,
Gloria nam praeceps vix triduana viget.
Humida naturae subito vis carpitur igni,
Et viduus sese conficit ipse calor.

If you pluck things too soon, when the blush of maturity is not yet really on them, the hour nourishes only a slender hope. For the moist parts die, and, because of their own putrefaction, they see the light and the instant of death in the same moment. Bechion taught doctors thus: that having sent forth its proud flower before its time, the stalk will die, so that the ambigous plant will provoke doubt in many, whether it really is accustomed to give birth to its two children. The careful almond tree, too, is itself hardly quick with flowers, for its rash glory flourishes barely three days. The humid force of nature is soon plucked by fire, and the orphaned heat tires itself and withers.


1.  Bechion: a medicinal plant used for cough suppression; coltsfoot; Tussilago farfara (Lewis & Short).

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