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La Yedra.

Ottava rhima.

Dizen que Bacco diò à el Cisso infante
La siempre verde yedra por corona.[1]
De donde con guirnalda semejante
Se adorna el morador d’el Helicona.[2]  [M]
Es verde por de fuera su semblante,
Y en lo demas la amarillez la abona,[3]
Como a’l que en los estudios se envejeçe,
De do siempre su fama reverdeçe.

[Marginalia - link to text]El poeta.

Notes:

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

2.  This full-stop is editorial.

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


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Le Buyx.[1]

Buyx tousjours verd, crespe aufaist de ses fustes,
Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[2]
Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[3]

Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal
leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesme-
ment chez Rafi Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour son
ner amoureuses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amou
reux sont en leur vive chaleur, quelque froit qu’il face
hont palle jaunisse de fievre transie, & en parolle,
sont doulx & plaisans.

Notes:

1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

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

3.  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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