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Ilex.

The holm-oak

Duritie nimia[1] qud sese rumperet ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

Notes:

1. Duritie nimia, ‘excessive inflexibility’. Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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Adversus naturam pec-
cantes.[1]

Those sinning against nature.

XLVIII.

Turpe quidem factu. sed & est res improba dictu, [2]
Excipiat si quis choenice ventris onus.
Mensuram legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[3]

It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

Notes:

1. With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

2. In the 1621 version, factu and dictu are swapped round.

3. This emblem is omitted in most editions.


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