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Buxus.

The box-tree

Perpetuo viridis, crispoque 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.

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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Le pin.

XXXV.

Ce que nuls rejectons du tronc du pin ne naissent:
Marque ceux qui mourans nuls enfans ne delaissent.

Commentaires.

Celuy n’est pas digne de naistre au monde, qui
n’y en fait point naistre d’autre. Le pin est le symbole
de ceux qui ne se marient point, ou qui sont steriles.
Car le pin ne fait point de rejectons.


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