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Picea.

The spruce tree

EMBLEMA CCIII.

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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L’hierre.

L’hierre est ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
Duquel Bacchus feit don à Cisse enfant,[1]
Errant gravit: ha grains d’or en couleur,
Verd par dedans, tout le reste ha palleur.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q7r p253]Poëtes doncque, en hont les chefz couvers,[2]
Palles d’estude: en honneur tousjours verdz.

Les Poëtes se coronnent de Lau
rier & de L’hierre, qui tousjours
verdoie par dedans, par dehors
est palle, & porte bayes de cou-
leur d’or, pour enseigne que ilz
sont palles d’estude par dehors,
& dedans leurs escriptz tousjours
reverdissans par aeternel honneur,
precieux & illustres comme L’or.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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