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 Nam duas regulas eius latitudinis, qua 1pastinator sulcum facturus est, in speciem Graecae litterae X 2decussavimus, 3atque ita mediae parti, qua regulae committuntur, antiquam illam ciconiam infiximus, ut tamquam suppositae basi ad perpendiculum normata insisteret; deinde transversae, quae est in 4 5 6 7 8 [p. 318] latere, virgulae fabrilem libellam superposuimus. 9Sic compositum organum cum in sulcum demissum est, litem domini et conductoris sine iniuria diducit.10
4 priore codd., superiore edd.
5 monendo om. SA, vett. edd.: movendo ac.
6 qua om. SAac.
7 greeae ehi littere (X in marg.) S: X om. AacM.
8 decusabimus SAac: densavimus M. a II. 2. 25, 4. 3. b "Middle " as the meaning here of latus (side) is defended by Gesner and accepted generally by other commentators. c This measuring device is not mentioned by other writers, though Isidore (Orig. XX. 15. 3) says that the Spaniards gave the name ciconia to a well sweep (tolleno) because the motion of the sweep, in drawing water, resembled the actions of the stork. Palladius (II. 10. 4) speaks of the use of the virga alone as a measure of the depth of trenched ground. It appears that the ancient ciconia here mentioned was in the form of the letter T, standing, like a stork, on one leg; though
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