Long Before Darwin and Even Cervantes or Shakespeare . . .

“Consider nature. She wishes the plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, and zoophytes, which she has created to be perpetuated and to last into all successive ages, without the species ever dying out, although the individuals perish. She has cunningly armed their germs and seeds, therefore, in which lies this same perpetuity. She has provided and covered them, with admirable ingenuity, with husks, sheaths, caps, kernels, small cups, shells, ears, down, bark, and prickly hulls, which are to them like fine, strong natural codpieces. . . . Rabelais from Gargantua and Pantagruel in praise of the codpiece. Book III Chapter 8.

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