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  • (Coniunx est mihi, sunt nati; dedimus tot pignora fatis.)

    Lucan (39-65)

  • Opera ipsa pluris facienda sunt, quatenus sunt veritatis pignora, quam propter vitae commoda (Works, III, 612): to ask whether scientific truths depend upon the pro - cedures employed to determine them or upon their fecundity is for Bacon a meaningless dilemma: a scien - tific truth is always fecund and its fecundity depends exclusively upon its truth.


  • ¶ This may well séeme to be brought vpon the king as a plague of his incontinent, vnchast and libidinous life; who hauing Chara coniugij pignora, a notable motiue to kindle and to continue honest loue in wedlocke, did not notwithstanding most inordinatelie abandon his bodie to beastlie and vnlawfull companie kéeping with strange flesh.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (2 of 6): England (5 of 12) Henrie the Second

  • = At _Met_ II 38-39 the same phrase with a different meaning: (Phaethon to his father) 'pignora da, genitor, per quae tu uera propago/credar, et hunc animis _errorem_ [' doubt '] _detrahe_ nostris*.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • The persuasion that a benevolent Providence was likely to send the most precious pignora sanctorum to deserving clients, the practice already noticed of attributing the same sanctity to objects which had touched the shrine as attached to the contents of the shrine itself, the custom of making facsimiles and imitations, a custom which persists to our own day in the replicas of the Vatican statue of St. Peter or of the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • An early example of this practice was the dedication of the basilica Romana by St. Ambrose with pignora of St. Peter and St. Paul brought from Rome (Vita Ambros., by Paulinus, c. xxxiii).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Wilson, who gives an account of this celebration, compares the ancient Roman New Year's, with the _mutui amoris pignora_ which were sent at that season.

    The Religions of India Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume 1, Edited by Morris Jastrow

  • To take pledges, "pignora capere," was to seize something that belonged to a man in order to compel the discharge of a duty.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.

  • Et in aliena urbe cum patribus ferere certain ina, priufquatn pignora corjugum ac liberorum, caritafque ipfius foli, cui longo tempore afiuefcttur, animos eorum confociaJTet?

    The Monthly Review

  • Non iUis geneiis nexus, noti pignora curat Sed numero languet pietas,

    De veritate religionis christianæ


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