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Buxus.

The box-tree

Emblema ccvii.

Perpetuo viridis, crispóque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
Deliciis apta est teneris & amantibus arbor:
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

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BUxus amasiorum naturam conditionémque re-
fert. habet enim perpetuum virorem, lignúmque
pallidum, quo tamen tibiae & fistulae componuntur:
Sic illi in amore perpetuò virent, sed tamen ex af-
fectibus plerisque biliosis pallorem contrahunt, ni-
hilominus sermone blando ac suavi oratione sem-
per aliquid concinunt.

Le Buys.

BUys au dessus crespelu, tousjours verd,
Il s’entretient, à faire flustes sert:
Des Amoureux & autre mignardise
Il peust servir pour marque ou pour devise:
Car il se tient tousjours en sa palleur,
Et l’amoureux est de ceste couleur.

LE Buys sert à exprimer le naturel & con-
dition des amoureux: car il a une perpe-
tuelle verdeur, un bois pallissant, duquel ce
neantmoins on fait des flustes & sifflets.
Ainsi eux sont en amour perpetuellement
vers, toutesfois à cause de quelques qualitez
bilieuses ils sont palles, non obstant s’entre-
tiennent de propos gracieux, & chantent
tousjours quelque plaisante chanson.

Notes:

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

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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Le Morier.[1]

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

Consommé, & 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 à jecter ses fleurs, & germes, hors
les dangiers des froidures, & gelées, Ainsi
faict le sage, qui ne s’advance point en tous
affaires, avant qu’il soit temps, & ne hazarde
rien, à dangier, mais au plus seur. Parquoy,
il est nommé en Grec Moros par sens cont-
raire, Car Μωρος en Grec est à dire fol: &
il est sage, qui ne gecte point sa fleur, & son
fruyct, que tout le peril d’hyver ne soit con
sommé.

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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