Wednesday, June 30, 2010
An Epigram by Thomas More
Sectile ne taetros porrum tibi spiret odores,Translated by John Harington (1560-1612) as Of Garlick. To my Ladie Rogers:
protinus a porro fac mihi caepe vores.
Denuo foetorem si vis depellere caepae,
hoc facile efficient allia mansa tibi.
Spiritus at si post etiam gravis allia restat,
aut nihil, aut tantum tollere merda potest.
If Leekes you like, and doe the smell disleeke,As others have noted, "go looke" is the equivalent of a series of asterisks. In order to rhyme with the preceding line, "a turd" must be read (which matches More's "merda").
Eate Onions, and you shall not smell the Leeke:
If you of Onions would the sent expell,
Eate Garlick, that will drowne th' Onyons smell.
But sure, gainst Garlicks sauour, at one word,
I know but one receit, what's that? (go looke).
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