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Morus.

The mulberry

XLIIII.

Serior at Morus nunquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat,[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.25.102: “the mulberry is the last of domesticated trees to shoot, and only does so when the frosts are over; for that reason it is called the wisest of trees”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R4v p264]

    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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