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Morus.

The mulberry

EMBLEMA CCX.

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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Le Morier.[1]

Le Morier sage, & en Grec mal nomm[2]
Ne fleurit point que L’hyver consomm.[3]

Consomm, & finy L’hyver, lors le
Morier, apres les aultres grandz arbres,
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [R5v p266] commence jecter ses fleurs, & germes, hors
les dangiers des froidures, & geles, Ainsi
faict le sage, qui ne s’advance point en tous
affaires, avant qu’il soit temps, & ne hazarde
rien, dangier, mais au plus seur. Parquoy,
il est nomm en Grec Moros par sens cont-
raire, Car Μωρος en Grec est dire fol: &
il est sage, qui ne gecte point sa fleur, & son
fruyct, que tout le peril d’hyver ne soit con
somm.

Notes:

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

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

3. 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’.


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