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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
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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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Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat;[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.25.102: “the mulberry is the last of domesticated trees to shoot, and only does so when the frosts are over; for that reason it is called the wisest of trees”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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