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Morus.

The mulberry

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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Le saulx.

Le Saulx fruyct perd, nomme Homere divin,[1]
Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

Homere souverain Poëte, ha par propre epithete appellé
le Saulx fruyct perd, pource qu’il ne porte point de fruyct,
& croist en l’eau, ou pres de l’eau. Par cela signifiant, que
les beuveurs d’eau sont infructueux de corps, ou d’esprit:
mesme que la semence du Saulx faict perdre chaleur na-
turelle, & puissance d’engendrer.

Notes:

1.  Homer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.


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