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Buxus.

The box-tree

XXXIX.

Perpetụ viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
Deliciis apta est teneris, & amantibus arbor.
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans. [2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

Notes:

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

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R3r p261]

    L’hierre.[1]

    L’hierre est un">ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
    Duquel Bacchus feit don à Cisse enfant,[2]
    Errant gravit: ha grains d’or en couleur,
    Verd par dedans, tout le reste ha palleur.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R3v p262] Poetes doncq’, en ont les chefz couvers,[3]
    Palles d’estude: en honneur tousjours verdz.

    Les Poetes se coronnent de Laurier
    & de L’hierre, qui tousjours verdoye
    par dedans, par dehors est palle, & por
    te bayes de couleur d’or, pour enseigne
    que ilz sont palles d’estude par dehors,
    & dedans leurs escriptz tousjours re-
    verdissans par eternel honneur, pre-
    cieux & illustres comme l’or.

    Notes:

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

    2.  For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

    3.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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