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ELCE.

Holm-oak.


Chi voul l’Elce piegar, per esser dura,
Si rompe e spezza: cosi alcun Signore
Mentre d’esser severo ha troppa cura,
E punir aspramente il popol suole,
Pon la discordia, e la concordia fura,
Contrario effetto a quel che brama e vuole;
Che non offende alturi cosi la legge,
Quanto la leggerezza di chi regge.


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BUXUS.

The box-tree

Emblema. 206.

Perpetuo viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
Link to an image of this pageLink 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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