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Cupressus.

The Cypress

XXXI.

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque cupressi
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]
ALIUD,
Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta cupressus,
Quale apium plebis, comere fronde solet. [2]
ALIUD.
Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaeque ordine frondes,
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.
Other.
The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.
Other.
The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

Notes:

1. This refers to the supposed etymology, Greek κύειν and πάρισος ‘bear’,‘equal’.

2. See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

3. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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    Le Laurier.

    Le Laurier monstre ou salut, ou danger,
    Soubz le chevet faict vrayz songes songer.[1]

    En l’art de Magie, le Laurier mis au feu, don-
    ne Indice de mal, ou de bien avenir, & mis
    soubz la teste du dormant, faict songer choses
    veritablement passes, presentes, ou futures.

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    AULTRE.

    Laurier est deu Charles l’Empereur:
    Telle coronne affiert au conquereur.

    Les Empereurs apres leurs conquestes, & vi
    ctoires, triumphans portoient le Laurier en
    main, & en teste, en branche, & en coronne.
    Parquoy icy est assign par maniere de gra
    tification Charles cinquiesme Empereur,
    retournant victorieux de Thunes en la Gou- lete[2], ou jadis fut Carthage.

    Notes:

    1. The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

    2. La Goulette is the port of Tunis (Halq al Wadi).


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