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L’hierre.

L’hierre est ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
Duquel Bacchus feit don à Cisse enfant,[1]
Errant gravit: ha grains d’or en couleur,
Verd par dedans, tout le reste ha palleur.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q7r p253]Poëtes doncque, en hont les chefz couvers,[2]
Palles d’estude: en honneur tousjours verdz.

Les Poëtes se coronnent de Lau
rier & de L’hierre, qui tousjours
verdoie par dedans, par dehors
est palle, & porte bayes de cou-
leur d’or, pour enseigne que ilz
sont palles d’estude par dehors,
& dedans leurs escriptz tousjours
reverdissans par aeternel honneur,
precieux & illustres comme L’or.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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Le saulx.[1]

Le Saulx fruyct-perd, nommé Homere divin,[2]
Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

Homere souverain Poete, ha par propre epithete
appellé le Saulx fruict perd, pource qu’il ne porte point
de fruyct, & croist en l’eau, ou pres de l’eau. Par cela
signifiant, que les beuveurs d’eau sont infructueux de
corps, ou d’esprit: mesme que la semence du Saulx
faict perdre chaleur naturelle, & puissance d’engendrer.

Notes:

1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

2.  Homer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.


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