Cut not the sere from the green when you honour the gods with full feasting,he was teaching that men should be clean of such things when they keep high festival, and they should not amid the actual ceremonies engage in clearing away and removing any sort of surplus matter. But the flax springs from the earth which is immortal; it yields edible seeds, and supplies a plain and cleanly clothing, which does not oppress by the weight required for warmth. It is suitable for every season and, as they say, is least apt to breed lice ; but this topic is treated elsewhere.7
Paring with glittering steel the member that hath the five branches,
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1 Cf. Herodotus, ii. 37 and 81.
2 In Saïs and Thebaïs according to Strabo, xvii. 40 (p. 812).
3 Phaedo, 67 b; cf. Moralia, 108 d.
4 Cf. Apuleius, Apology, chap. 26.
5 Cf. Herodotus, ii. 37.
6 Works and Days, 742-743. The meaning of these somewhat cryptic lines is, of course, that one should not pare one's nails at table; cf. also Moralia, ed. Bernardakis, vol. vii. p. 90.
7 Plutarch touches briefly on this subject in Moralia, 642 c.