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El Moral.

SEMIOTTAVA.

Nunca el moral prudente reverdeçe
Hasta que todo el frio sea pasado,[1]
Y tiene nombre que no le mereçe  [M]
Pues neçio (con ser sabio) fuè llamado.[2]

[Marginalia - link to text]Μῶρος.

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.  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 bouis.

XXXIX.

Tousjours verd est le bouis, & crespu par la cime,
La flute qu’on en fait rend son harmonieux:[1]
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Il paslit, aussi font tous povres amoureux.[2]

Commentaires.

Le bouis est le symbole d’amour, pource qu’il est
verd mais d’une verdeur pasle. Aussi les amoureux
esperent tousjours, mais ceste esperance n’est jamais
separee de doute & crainte. Le bouis est fort propre
à faire des flutes de toutes façons, l’harmonie des-
quelles fait quelquefois passer la fantasie aux amou-
reux.

Notes:

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

2.  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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