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Cotonea.

The quince

Emblema cciii.

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manet & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

PLutarchus testis est in praeceptis connubialibus
Cotonea, qud cor reficiant, suavmque ori ha-
litum inspirent, olim Solonis lege novis coniugibus
dari solita: ut admonerentur primo illo congressa o-
mnia transigenda corde puro, ore, linguque ador-
nata & pudica.

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Le Coing.

LA coustume estoit selon
L’Ordonnance de Solon,
De donner de la Coingnasse
A tous mariez nouveaux,
Pour faire, qu’avec la grace,
Du coeur & bouche pleine
Sortissent de propos beaux
Avec une bonne haleine.

PLutarque tesmoigne en ses preceptes
de mariage, que Solon ordonna par ses
loix que lon donnast de la Coingnasse aux
nouveaux mariez, raison qu’elle est bonne
au coeur, & fait bonne bouche: fin qu’ils fus
sent advertis que ceste premiere entree d’al
liance conjugale il falloit que tout se fit a-
vec un coeur pur, & une bonne bouche, avec
une langue pleine de tous bon propos.

Notes:

1. antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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L’hierre.[1]

L’hierre est un">ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
Duquel Bacchus feit don 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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