Della verga  

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Della verga (of the phallus)[1] is a short text on the phallus by Leonardo da Vinci from his Quaderni d'anatomia, part of Leonardo's notebooks.

English translation

"[The phallus] confers with the human intelligence and sometimes has intelligence of itself, and although the will of the man desires to stimulate it, it remains obstinate and takes its own course, and moving sometimes of itself without license or thought by the man, whether he be sleeping or waking, it does what it desires; and often the man is asleep and it is awake, and many times the man is awake and it is asleep; many times the man wishes it to practice and it does not wish it; many times it wishes and the man forbids it. It seems therefore that this creature often has a life and intelligence separate from the man, and it would appear that the man is in the wrong in being ashamed to give it a name or exhibit it, seeking rather constantly to cover and conceal what he ought to adorn and display with ceremony as a ministrant." --The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci' translated by Edward McCurdy

Italian original

Questa conferisce collo intelletto umano, e alcuna volta ha intelletto per sé, e ancora che la volontà dell'omo lo voglia provocare, esso sta ostinato, e fa a suo modo, alcuna volta muovendosi da sé, sanza licenza o pensieri dell'omo, così dormiente, come desto, fa quello desidera; e spesso l'omo dorme e lui veglia, e molte volte l'omo veglia e lui dorme; molte volte l'omo lo vuole esercitare, e lui non vole, e l'omo gliel vieta.Adunque e' pare che questo animale abbia spesso anima e intelletto separato dall'omo, e pare che a torto l'omo si vergogni di nominarlo, non che di mostrarlo, anzi sempre lo copre e lo nasconde, il qual si dovrebbe ornare e mostrare con solennità come ministro.

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