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Buxus.

The box-tree

Perpetuņ viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula fasta [=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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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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