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PICEA.

The spruce tree

Emblema. 201.

At Picea emittat nullos qụd stirpe stolones,
Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.


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EMBLEMA CXII [=207] .

Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat:[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Das CCXII [=207] .

Maulberbaum.

Der Maulberbaum aber nit ehe
Sein prossen stost es sey nitmehe
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Genannt wirt und Morus on fug.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.25.102: “the mulberry is the last of domesticated trees to shoot, and only does so when the frosts are over; for that reason it is called the wisest of trees”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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