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Morus.

The mulberry

EMBLEMA CCX.

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.

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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Buxus.

The box-tree

Emblema ccvii.

Perpetuo viridis, crispque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
Deliciis apta est teneris & amantibus arbor:
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

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BUxus amasiorum naturam conditionmque re-
fert. habet enim perpetuum virorem, lignmque
pallidum, quo tamen tibiae & fistulae componuntur:
Sic illi in amore perpetu virent, sed tamen ex af-
fectibus plerisque biliosis pallorem contrahunt, ni-
hilominus sermone blando ac suavi oratione sem-
per aliquid concinunt.

Le Buys.

BUys au dessus crespelu, tousjours verd,
Il s’entretient, faire flustes sert:
Des Amoureux & autre mignardise
Il peust servir pour marque ou pour devise:
Car il se tient tousjours en sa palleur,
Et l’amoureux est de ceste couleur.

LE Buys sert exprimer le naturel & con-
dition des amoureux: car il a une perpe-
tuelle verdeur, un bois pallissant, duquel ce
neantmoins on fait des flustes & sifflets.
Ainsi eux sont en amour perpetuellement
vers, toutesfois cause de quelques qualitez
bilieuses ils sont palles, non obstant s’entre-
tiennent de propos gracieux, & chantent
tousjours quelque plaisante chanson.

Notes:

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

2. pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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