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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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    Le Buyx.[1]

    Buyx tousjours verd, crespe aufaist de ses fustes,
    Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[2]
    Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
    Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[3]

    Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal
    leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesme-
    ment chez Rafi Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour son
    ner amoureuses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amou
    reux sont en leur vive chaleur, quelque froit qu’il face
    hont palle jaunisse de fievre transie, & en parolle,
    sont doulx & plaisans.

    Notes:

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

    2.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

    3.  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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