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Quercus.

The Oak

XXXII.

Grata Iovi est quercus, qui nos servatque fovetque
Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]
ALIUD.
Glande aluit veteres,[2] sola nunc proficit umbra,
Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovis.

The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen.
Other.
The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

Notes:

1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.


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    Le Buyx.[1]

    Buyx tousjours verd, crespe aufaist de ses fustes,
    Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[2]
    Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
    Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[3]

    Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal
    leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesme-
    ment chez Rafi Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour son
    ner amoureuses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amou
    reux sont en leur vive chaleur, quelque froit qu’il face
    hont palle jaunisse de fievre transie, & en parolle,
    sont doulx & plaisans.

    Notes:

    1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

    2.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

    3.  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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