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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 Roure, ou Suse.

    Le Roure fend par trop dur estre,[1] & rond.
    Sedition civile en soy se rompt.

    Le Roure ou Suse, que est la plus dure espece de chesne: est
    en ses parties essentiales si astrinct, & serr avec durt na-
    turelle, que de soy mesme il se eclate, & fend: ses parties se
    entrelaissantes, & desjoignantes jusque au coeur, d’ond puys
    apres par sa durt il donne lieu, & ouverture mettre le
    coing dedans qui le met par pieces, & l’envoie au feu. Ainsi
    les gens seditieux en une popularit ne se peuvent entrete
    Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [R8v p272] nir joingtz ensemble: mais par leur trop dur sens, &
    obstination, se separent, & donnent lieu la main justi
    ciere,d’entrer sur eulx, les dissiper, & mettre au neant.

    Notes:

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


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