On "The partridge cried out," up to, "And the day of man I have not desired, you know it."
WE HAVE COME to the famous question to see what is the partridge, about which the Scripture now tells: The partridge cried out; she has gathered what she did not lay, making her riches not with judgment. In the midst of her days, they will leave her behind; at her end she will be a fool.1. Out of what exists on the nature of animals it is necessary2. to extract what may be recorded about the partridge, so that, by knowing something concerning the animal, we may know whether,3. in order to classify now what is said about the partridge, it is in a better or worse category.4. It is said that the animal is most malicious and wily and unscrupulous, and wants to deceive hunters. Often it rolls around at the feet of the hunter so that it might distract him as the animal who is near in order that he might not reach the nest. And if at that time it believes it has distracted the hunter and the little ones have fled the nest, then it also flies away. And the animal is exceedingly indecent so that the males fight with one another for intercourse, and males mount males. If then this animal is malicious, if also indecent, if also unscrupulous, if____________________