Sage Advice

"One impulse from a vernal wood can teach us more of Man or Moral evil and of good than all the sages can..."

My mind strayed as minds will to these lines by the poet William Wordsworth as I was pondering the connection between the English word 'sage' for the herb we use less often than the Italians (except for the time-honoured sage and onion stuffing for the Thanksgiving or Christmas bird) and salvia. Sagezza in Italian means wisdom, of course, but is salvia connected sage plant not only looks good with its here? Why do we call sage, sage?

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