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Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunqum 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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Section: LES ARBRES. View all emblems in this section.

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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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