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Laurus.

The laurel

XXXIII.

Praescia venturi laurus fert signa salutis,
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]
ALIUD.
Debetur Charolo superatis laurea Poenis: [2]
Victrices ornent talia serta comas.

The laurel that can tell what is to come provides omens of prosperity. Put under the pillow it brings true dreams.
Other:.
Now that the Poeni [i.e. North Africans / Tunisians] have been defeated, Charles deserves the laurel - let wreaths of laurel adorn the victor’s locks.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535. Poeni (‘Phoenicians’) was an alternate name for the people of Carthage, where Tunis was later established.


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    • Prediction, Prophecy; 'Augurio', 'Divinatione', 'Profetia' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [52E2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
    • Protection; 'Custodia', 'Difesa contra nimici, malefici & venefici', 'Difesa contra pericoli', 'Riparo da i tradimenti' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54E42(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    Le Cypres.

    Le Cypres monstre en sa fueille, comment
    Il fault traicter les siens egalement.

    L’arbre du Cypres depuys sa racine mon-
    te tout droict, egal jusque au plus hault de
    son tige, auquel il jecte branches en coron-
    ne environnantes, toutes en leur reng de mes
    me grandeur, & grosseur, ainsi ordonnées
    sans que l’une passe l’aultre, jusque au sommet,
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R6r p268] ou il faict ung Cone, ou poincte demye ovale. Laquel-
    le egale figure enseigne les parens de traicter leurs en-
    fans tant aisnéz, que puisnéz, tant masles, que femelles
    en pareille condition, & affection, sans acception de
    personne, tant en nourriture, & entretenement, que en
    hoirie, & testament. Car ilz sont egalement naturelz,
    & legitimes. Laquelle equalite ne se observe pas
    es Pays de droict escript, comme au Lyonnois.

    AULTRE.

    Riches tombeaux le Cypres environne:
    Les monumens du Peuple Ache coronne.[1]

    Costume estoit aulx anciens Romains, pour faire hon
    neur à leurs parens, ou amys trespasséz de coronner,
    & environner de fueillages, & fleurs en forme de Chap
    pelletz Les sepulchres. Or les Monumens de ceulx de
    la Seigneurie estoient coronnez de Cypres: & ceulx
    du commun populaire de Ache (non de persil) lesquelz
    tous deux sont quasi de semblable fueille, couleur, o-
    deur, & faculté, à preserver de pourriture.

    AULTRE.

    Le Cypres est en fueilles bien construict,
    Mais belle fueille il porte, & point de fruyct.[2]

    Cecy peut estre dict des beaulx hommes, bien raméz
    de membres, & de mignons bien peignéz, & testou-
    néz, ou de belles femmes à beaux cheveulx, qui au de-
    mourant ne valent rien, & ne portent point de fruyct.

    Notes:

    1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

    2.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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