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Ilex.

The holm-oak

Duritie nimia[1] quòd sese rumperet ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

Notes:

1.  Duritie nimia, ‘excessive inflexibility’. Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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Le houx.

XXXVII.

Le houx s’esclatte & rompt par sa trop grand’ durté: [1]
Et le bourgeois se perd par opiniastreté.

Commentaire.

Pericle disoit que les Beotiens ressembloyent au
houx: car comme les houx se rompent l’un l’autre:
ainsi les Beotiens s’entredeschiroyent les uns les au-
tres. Ce qui se dit des Beotiens, se peut dire à bonnes
enseignes de plusieurs autres, seditieux, ligueurs,
remueurs, & de dur col, lesquels on romproit plu-
stost, que de les faire fleschir ou ployer.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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