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Amygdalus.

The almond

XLIII.

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flores?
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R3r p261]

    L’hierre.[1]

    L’hierre est un">ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
    Duquel Bacchus feit don à Cisse enfant,[2]
    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  [R3v p262] Poetes doncq’, en ont les chefz couvers,[3]
    Palles d’estude: en honneur tousjours verdz.

    Les Poetes se coronnent de Laurier
    & de L’hierre, qui tousjours verdoye
    par dedans, par dehors est palle, & por
    te bayes de couleur d’or, pour enseigne
    que ilz sont palles d’estude par dehors,
    & dedans leurs escriptz tousjours re-
    verdissans par eternel honneur, pre-
    cieux & illustres comme l’or.

    Notes:

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

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

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


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