Whatever comes [ill-timed] to the tip of the tongue
by Erasmus

This proverb, in Greek in the Latin text, is included in the Adages. Folly is referring to an affectation of literary facility very common both in antiquity and in the Renaissance. The notation 'from the country' at the end of the letter-preface is a common and recognizable variant of the same pose. Folly's encomium of herself is in fact a very carefully composed oration and, in spite of her disclaimer in the next sentence, she did in fact follow the classical paradigms for encomiastic oratory.

Note to My Birth And Education which is Part 1 of Folly Speaks from "The Praise Of Folly"

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