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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 naturelle,
que de soy mesme il se esclate, & fend: ses parties se entre-
laissantes, & 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  [R4r p263]nir joingtz ensemble: mais par leur trop dur sens, & ob-
stination, se separent, & donnent lieu à la main justiciere,
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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Hedera.

Ivy

Haudquaquam arescens hederae est arbuscula, Cisso[1]
Quae puero Bacchum dona dedisse ferunt:
Errabunda, procax, auratis fulva corymbis,
Exterius viridis, caetera pallor habet.
Hinc aptis vates cingunt sua tempora sertis:[2]
Pallescunt studiis, laus diuturna viret.

There is a bushy plant which never withers, the ivy which Bacchus, they say, gave as a gift to the boy Cissos. It goes where it will, uncontrollable; tawny where the golden berry-clusters hang; green on the outside but pale everywhere else. Poets use it to wreathe their brows with garlands that fit them well - poets are pale with study, but their praise remains green for ever.

Notes:

1.  Κισσός is the Greek word for ‘ivy’. For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  vates cingunt sua tempora, ‘Poets use it to wreathe their brows’. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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