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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, & serré avec durté na-
turelle, que de soy mesme il se eclate, & fend: ses parties se
entrelaissantes, & desjoignantes jusque au coeur, d’ond puys
apres par sa durté il donne lieu, & ouverture à mettre le
coing dedans qui le met par pieces, & l’envoie au feu. Ainsi
les gens seditieux en une popularité 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 à 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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BUXUS.

The box-tree

Emblema. 206.

Perpetuo viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Nnn2r f466r as 469] Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis[1]
Delitiis 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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