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Ilex.

The holm-oak

Duritie nimia[1] qud 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 Buyx.

Buyx tousjourd verd, crespe au faist de ses fustes,
Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[1]
Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[2]

Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal-
leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesmement chez
Rafy Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour sonner amoureu-
ses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amoureux sont en leur
vive chaleur, quelque froid qu’il face, hont palle jaunisse
de fievre transie, & en parolle, sont doulx & plaisans.

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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