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Salix.

The willow

XLII.

Qud frugisperdam salicem vocitarit Homerus.[1]
Clitoriis homines moribus adsimulat.[2]

When Homer called the willow ‘seed-loser’, he made it like men with Clitorian habits.

Notes:

1. Homer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.

2. The waters of Lake Clitorius in Arcadia generated an aversion to wine in those who drank of them. See Pliny, Natural History, 31.13.16; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 15.322ff. The combination of the two images here may symbolise minds and characters gone to the bad and producing nothing of value. See Erasmus, Parabolae, p. 268: “As willow-seed, shed before it ripens, is not only itself barren but when used as a drug causes barrenness in women by preventing conception, so the words of those who teach before they have truly learnt sense not only make them no better in themselves, but corrupt their audience and render it unteachable”; and p. 230: “Those who have drunk of the Clitorian Lake develop a distaste for wine, and those who have once tasted poetry reject the counsels of philosophy, or the other way round. Equally, those who gorge themselves with fashionable pleasures reject those satisfactions which are honourable and genuine.”


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    INDEX EMBLEMATUM
    IN IOCOS [=LOCOS] COMMUNES
    DIGESTORUM.
    EMBLEMATA DEDICATORIA
    Ad illustrissimum Maximilianum &c. [7]
    Mediolanum [8]
    Nunquam procrastinandum [9]
    DEUS, SIVE RELIGIO.
    In Deo laetandum [10]
    Sapientia humana, stultitia est apud Deum [11]
    Ficta Religio [12]
    Non tibi, sed religioni. [13]
    Qu Dii vocant, eundum [14]
    VIRTUTES.
    FIDES.
    Fidei Symbolum [15]
    Foedera [16]
    Silentium [17]
    Non vulgando consilia [18]
    Nec quaestioni quidem cedendum [19]
    PRUDENTIA.
    Consilio, ac virtute Chimaeram superari: id est, fortiores, &deceptores [20]
    Vigilantia, & custodia [21]
    Νῆφε καὶ μέμνης ἀπιστθεῖν ἄρθρα ταῦτα τῶν φρενῶν [[22]]
    ῆ [=Πῆ] παρέβην? Τί δὲ ἔρεξα? Τὶ μοι δὲον ὀυκ ἐτελέσθην[23]
    Prudentes [24]
    Prudens, magis qum loquax [25]
    Maturandum [26]
    In deprehensum [27]
    Custodiendas virgines [28]
    Vino Prudentiam augeri [29]
    Prudentes vino abstinent [30]
    In statuam Bacchi [31]
    Gramen [33]
    IUSTITIA.
    Nec verbo, nec facto quemquam laedendum [34]
    Tandem, tandem Iustitia obtinet [35]
    Etiam ferocissimos domari [36]
    Gratiam referendam [37]
    Abstinentia [38]
    Bonis divitibus nihil timendum [39]
    FORTITUDO.
    Signa fortium [40]
    Ανέχου καὶ ἀπέχου [41]
    In adulari nescientes [42]
    Obdurandum adversus urgentia [43]
    Omnia mea mecum porto [44]
    CONCORDIA.
    Concordiae Symbolum [45]
    Concordia [46]
    Concordia insuperabilis [47]
    Unum nihil, duos plurimum posse [48]
    Firmissima convelli non posse [49]
    SPES.
    Spes proxima [50]
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    In simulachrum Spei [51]
    In dies meliora [53]
    Illicitum non sperandum [54]
    PUDICITIA. [55]
    VITIA
    PERFIDIA.
    In Victoriam dolo partam [56]
    In fraudulentos [57]
    Dolus in suos [58]
    Maledicentia [59]
    In receptatores sicariorum [60]
    In adulatores [61]
    Ei qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena credi non oportere [62]
    STULTITIA.
    Temeritas [63]
    Furor, & rabies [64]
    In temerarios [65]
    In eos qui supra vires quicquam audent [66]
    Impossibile [67]
    Cuculi [68]
    Vespertilio [69]
    Aliud [70]
    Ira [71]
    In eum, qui sibiipsi damnum apparat [72]
    Fatuitas [73]
    Oblivio paupertatis [74]
    SUPERBIA.
    Superbia [75]
    Impudentia [76]
    Philautia [77]
    Garrulitas [78]
    INVIDIA.
    Invidia [79]
    LUVURIA [=LUXURIA] .
    Luxuria [80]
    Luxuriosorum opes [81]
    Tumulus Meretricis [82]
    In amatores Meretricum [83]
    Cavendum Meretricibus [84]
    Aniuletum [=Amuletum] Veneris [85]
    Inviolabiles telo Cupidinis [86]
    Lascivia [87]
    DESIDIA.
    Desidia [88]
    Desidiam abiiciendam [89]
    In facil Virtute desciscentes [90]
    Ignavi [91]
    AVARITIA.
    Avaritia [92]
    In avaros [93]
    In Aulicos [94]
    In Sordidos [95]
    In divites publico malo [96]
    In avaros, Vel quibus melior conditio ab extraneis offertur [97]
    GUIA [=GULA] .
    Gula [98]
    Ocni effigies [99]
    In Parasitos [100]
    Parvam culinam duobus ganeonibus non sufficere [101]
    Captivus ob gulam [102]
    In Garrulum, & Gulosum [103]
    Natura [104]
    DOCTORUM AGNOMINA [104]
    Vis Naturae [106]
    Ars Naturam adiuvat [107]
    In Iuventam [108]
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    In quatuor tempora anni [109]
    ASTROLOGIA.
    Scyphus Nestoris [110]
    Quae supra nos, nihil ad nos [112]
    In Astrologos [113]
    Qui alta contemplantur cadere [114]
    AMOR.
    Potentissimus affectus Amor [115]
    Potentia amoris [116]
    Vis amoris [117]
    In studiosum amore captum [118]
    Αντέρως. id est, amor virtutis [119]
    Αντέρως. Amor Virtutis alium Cupidinem superans [120]
    Dulcia quandoque amara fieri [121]
    Fer simile, ex Theocrito [122]
    In statuam Amoris [123]
    In oblivionem patriae [125]
    Sirenes [126]
    Senex puellam amans [127]
    Colores [128]
    FORTUNA.
    Virtuti Fottuna [=Fortuna] comes [130]
    Fortuna Virtutem superans [131]
    Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse, ne provehantur [132]
    In Occasionem [133]
    In subitum terrorem [134]
    In illaudata laudantes [135]
    In momentaneam felicitatem [136]
    Ex damno alterius utilitas [137]
    Bonis auspiciis incipiendum [138]
    Nil reliqui [139]
    Mal parta, mal dilabuntur [140]
    Semper praesto esse infortunia [141]
    Remedia in arduo, mala in prono esse [142]
    HONOR.
    Ex arduis perpetuum nomen [143]
    Ex literarum studiis immortalitatem acquiri [144]
    Tumulus Ioannis Galeacii Vicecomitis, Primi Ducis Mediolanensis [145]
    Optimus civis [146]
    Strenuorum immortale nomen [147]
    Nobiles, ac generosi [148]
    Duodecim certamina Herculis [149]
    In nothos [151]
    Imparilitas [152]
    In desciscentes [153]
    Aemulatio impar [154]
    Albutii ad D. Alciatum suadentis ut &c. [155]
    PRINCEPS.
    Princeps subditorum incolumitatem procurans [156]
    In Senatum boni Principis [157]
    Quod non capit Christus, rapit Fiscus [158]
    Opulentia tyranni paupertas subiectorum [159]
    Consiliarii Principum [160]
    Principis clementia [161]
    RESPUBLICA.
    Salus publica [162]
    Respublica liberata [163]
    VITA.
    In vitam humanam [164]
    Aere quandoque salutem redimendam [165]
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    MORS.
    Cum Larvis non luctandum [166]
    De Morte, & Amore [167]
    In formosam fato praereptam [168]
    In mortem praeproperam [169]
    Terminus [170]
    Opulenti haereditas [171]
    AMICITIA.
    Amicitia etiam post mortem durans [172]
    Mutuum auxilium [173]
    Auxilium nunquam deficiens [174]
    Gratiae [175]
    HOSTILITAS.
    In detractores [177]
    Inanis impetus [178]
    Aliquid mali, propter vicinum malum [179]
    In eum qui truculentia suorum perierit [180]
    Εχθρῶν ἄδωρα δῶρα. In dona hostium [181]
    A minimis quoque timendum [182]
    Obnoxia infirmitas [183]
    Vel post mortem formidolosi [184]
    VINDICTA.
    Iusta vindicta [185]
    Iusta ultio [186]
    Parem deliquentis, & suasoris culpam esse [187]
    Alius peccat, alius plectitur [188]
    Insani glanius [189]
    PAX.
    Pax [190]
    Ex bello pax [191]
    Ex Pace ubertas [192]
    SCIENTIA.
    Doctos Doctis obloqui nefas esse [193]
    Eloquentia, fortitudine praestantior [194]
    Facundia difficilis [295]
    Antiquissima quaeque commentitia [196]
    Insignia Potarum [197]
    Musicam Diis curae esse [198]
    Litera occidit: Spiritus vivificat [199]
    Dicta septem sapientum [220]
    IGNORANTIA.
    Submovendam ignorantiam [202]
    Mentem, non formam plus pollere [203]
    Dives indoctus [204]
    MATRIMONIUM.
    In fidem uxoriam [205]
    Reverentiam in matrimonio requiri [206]
    In foecunditatem sibiipsi damnosam [207]
    Amor filiorum [208]
    Pietas filiorum in parentes [209]
    Mulieris famam, non formam vulgatam esse oportere [210]
    In pudoris statuam [211]
    Nuptam [=Nupta] contagioso [213]
    ARBORES:
    Cupressus [213]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Quercus [214]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Salix [215]
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    Abies [216]
    Picea [217]
    Cotonea [218]
    Hedera [220]
    Ilex [220]
    Malus medica [221]
    Buxus [222]
    Morus [223]
    Amygdalus [224]
    Laurus [225]
    Populus alba. [226]

    FINIS.
    Lugduni,
    Excudebat Mathias Bonhomme.

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