"The capon is a cockerel made as it were female by carving away of his gendering stones."
Bartholomeus (1398) John de Trevisa's translation of ‘’De Proprietatibus Rerum’
“The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit,
The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell;
My mistress made it one upon my cheek:
She is so hot because the meat is cold;
The meat is cold because you come not home;
You come not home because you have no stomach;
You have no stomach, having broke your fast;
But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray,
Are penitent for your default to-day.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
'Comedy of Errors'
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