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Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunquàm 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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Le citron.

XL.

Le citron doux amer à Venus bien convient,
Car Amour en son miel beaucoup d’amer contient.

Commentaires.

On peut aussi dire que le citron est le symbole de
l’amour: car il est de couleur d’or: & sa saveur est
bien aucunement douce & austere, mais son escorce
est du tout amere. Ainsi l’orde volupté rid de plein
abord, & semble estre toute d’or: mais apres qu’elle a
baillé un peu du doux, elle baille l’amer à plein go-
det.


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