Of the goat There is an animal called in Latin caper, goat, because it chooses, capere, to live in rugged places; some call it capra from crepita, ‘a rustling noise’. These are the tame goats which the Greeks called dorcas, gazelle, because they have very sharp sight. They live in high mountains and can tell if men approaching a long way off are hunters or travellers. In the same way, our Lord Jesus Christ loves high mountains, that is, the prophets and Apostles, as it says in the Song of Songs: ‘Behold, my beloved cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills (see Song of Solomon, 2:8). As a goat grazes in the valleys, our Lord grazes on the church; the good works of Christian people are the food of him who said: ‘For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink.’ (Matthew, 25:35) By the valleys of the mountains are understood the churches spread through different regions, as it says in the Song of Songs: ‘My beloved is like a roe or young hart.’ (Song of Solomon, 2:9) The fact that the goat has very sharp eyesight, sees everything and recognises things from a long way off, signifies our Lord, who is the lord of all knowing and God. And elsewhere it is written: ‘Though the Lord be high yet hath he respect unto the lowly but the proud he knoweth afar off.’ (Psalms, 138:6) He created and established all things, and rules and judges and sees; and before anything arises in our hearts he foresees and understands it.
Lastly, just as the goat perceives from afar hunters approaching, so Christ knew in advance the plot of his betrayer, saying: ‘Behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.’ (Matthew, 26:46) Of the wild goat The goat has these characteristics: when grazing, it moves from high to even higher pastures. It picks out good grass from bad by the sharpness of its eyes. It feeds by chewing the grass. When wounded, it hurries to find the herb dittany and, by touching it, is healed. In the same way, good preachers graze on the law of the Lord and take delight in good works as in good pastures, rising from one virtue to another. They choose good writings from bad with the eyes of the heart and meditate upon those they have chosen, that is they examine the good in the views expressed and, having pondered them, commit them to memory. Wounded by sin, they hurry back to Christ by confessing and are quickly healed. For this reason, Christ is rightly said to be like ditanny. For as dittany drives out iron from a wound and heals it, so Christ through confession casts out the devil and pardons sin.
Of the monocerus The monoceros is a monster with a horrible bellow, the body of a horse, the feet of an elephant and a tail very like that of a deer. A magnificent, marvellous horn projects from the middle of its forehead, four feet in length, so sharp that whatever it strikes is easily pierced with the blow. No living monoceros has ever come into man’s hands, and while it can be killed, it cannot be captured.
Note: The monocerus was not always considered to be separate and distinct from a unicorn. Some works hold them to be the same beast; others hold them as separate beasts.
That’s pretty fascinating… and… WARNING: Disgusting Farm Facts Follow. You have been warned!
Actually, the stance of the goat in the first picture reminds me of a behavior they have that most people find very disgusting: male goats pee on their faces, and they stand just like this to do it, just without the hind leg on the horns. This enhances their quite distinctive smell that is very strong during rut. This is one of the ways they attract does. The doe finds this scent irresistible when she is in heat. One of the ways people test their does, to see if they are in heat, is to get someone to rub a rag all over the buck’s face and send them this very odoriferous rag. They hang it on the fence and when the does go into heat, they will go up to the rag and wag their tails and rub on the rag.
This is why I always caution farm visitors NOT to pet the buck on the head. (Unless you are wearing gloves, of course, and gloves you don’t care about very much because it’s difficult to get rid of this distinctive odor.) Doesn’t matter how friendly he is; he has peed all over his face and although the does find the scent delightful the average human does not. So that picture fascinates me.
Jayne, one of the monster dogs, makes me a bit nuts, because as soon as Doll finds a place and starts to piss, he’ll race over, lift his leg, and piss all over her. I’ve more or less gotten him to stop that. It’s hard for people to remember just how scent rich other animals are, and the way they ‘see’ scent would put our paltry vision to shame.
Monoceros is also an obscure constellation -described as a unicorn there :
boasting one of the best triple stars in our sky -- Beta Monocerotis.
Ice Swimmer says
All that blue colour! Somebody had a lot of gold to be able to finance that much blue (it’s ultramarine, right?).
kestrel @ 1
Fascinating, I didn’t know that about bucks.
We humans seem to be quite boring with our pee. The most expressive thing seems to be trying to write on the snow with it (long screeds not recommended as you quickly run out of “ink”).
However, I think the technical use of the substance is the nice and neat thing.