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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.

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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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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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