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Cupressus.

The Cypress

EMBLEMA CXCIX.

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque Cupressi,
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]
ALIUD.
Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
Quale apium plebis, comere fronde solet.[2]
ALIUD.
Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaeque ordine frondes;
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.
Other.
The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.
Other.
The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

Notes:

1. This refers to the supposed etymology, Greek κύειν and πάρισος ‘bear’,‘equal’.

2. See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

3. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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Le Cypres.

Le Cypres monstre en sa fueille, comment
Il fault traicter les siens egalement.

L’arbre du Cypres depuys sa racine mon-
te tout droict, egal jusque au plus hault de
son tige, auquel il jecte branches en coron-
ne environnantes, toutes en leur reng de mes
me grandeur, & grosseur, ainsi ordonnes
sans que l’une passe l’aultre, jusque au sommet,
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [R6r p268] ou il faict ung Cone, ou poincte demye ovale. Laquel-
le egale figure enseigne les parens de traicter leurs en-
fans tant aisnz, que puisnz, tant masles, que femelles
en pareille condition, & affection, sans acception de
personne, tant en nourriture, & entretenement, que en
hoirie, & testament. Car ilz sont egalement naturelz,
& legitimes. Laquelle equalite ne se observe pas
es Pays de droict escript, comme au Lyonnois.

AULTRE.

Riches tombeaux le Cypres environne:
Les monumens du Peuple Ache coronne.[1]

Costume estoit aulx anciens Romains, pour faire hon
neur leurs parens, ou amys trespassz de coronner,
& environner de fueillages, & fleurs en forme de Chap
pelletz Les sepulchres. Or les Monumens de ceulx de
la Seigneurie estoient coronnez de Cypres: & ceulx
du commun populaire de Ache (non de persil) lesquelz
tous deux sont quasi de semblable fueille, couleur, o-
deur, & facult, preserver de pourriture.

AULTRE.

Le Cypres est en fueilles bien construict,
Mais belle fueille il porte, & point de fruyct.[2]

Cecy peut estre dict des beaulx hommes, bien ramz
de membres, & de mignons bien peignz, & testou-
nz, ou de belles femmes beaux cheveulx, qui au de-
mourant ne valent rien, & ne portent point de fruyct.

Notes:

1. See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

2. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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