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Le saulx.

Le Saulx fruyct perd, nomme Homere divin,[1]
Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

Homere souverain Poëte, ha par propre epithete appellé
le Saulx fruyct perd, pource qu’il ne porte point de fruyct,
& croist en l’eau, ou pres de l’eau. Par cela signifiant, que
les beuveurs d’eau sont infructueux de corps, ou d’esprit:
mesme que la semence du Saulx faict perdre chaleur na-
turelle, & puissance d’engendrer.


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’.

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