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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 Coing.

A la nouvelle espouse donnoit l’on
Jadis des coingz, par la loy de Solon.[1]
Bons sont au coeur: & rendent bonne aleine
Pour bien penser: sans parolle villaine.

Les Coingz confortent le coeur, & inspirent doulce alei-
ne à la bouche. Et d’iceulx les presens jadis faictz aulx nou
velles espouses, les admonnestoient de avoir le coeur net
en bonne, & honneste pensée: & la bouche de bonne odeur,
en pudicques, & honnestes parolles.

Notes:

1.  See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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