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ILEX.

The holm-oak

Emblema. 204.

Duritie nimia[1] quod sese rumperet Ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

Notes:

1.  Duritie nimia, ‘excessive inflexibility’. Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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Le bouis.

XXXIX.

Tousjours verd est le bouis, & crespu par la cime,
La flute qu’on en fait rend son harmonieux:[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N5r p201] Aux delices propre est de ceux qu’amour anime
Il paslit, aussi font tous povres amoureux.[2]

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Le bouis est le symbole d’amour, pource qu’il est
verd mais d’une verdeur pasle. Aussi les amoureux
esperent tousjours, mais ceste esperance n’est jamais
separee de doute & crainte. Le bouis est fort propre
à faire des flutes de toutes façons, l’harmonie des-
quelles fait quelquefois passer la fantasie aux amou-
reux.

Notes:

1.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.  The lover should affect pallor and emaciation, as these will soften the lady’s heart; see Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.729ff.


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