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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,
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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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EMBLEMA CXCIX [=198] .

Terminus.

Terminus

Quadratum infoditur firmissima tessera saxum,
Stat cirrata super pectore imago tenus,
Et sese nulli profitetur cedere, talis
Terminus est,[1] homines qui scopus unus agit.
Est immota dies, praefixaque tempora fatis
Deque ferunt primis ultima iudicium.[2]

A squared stone is set in the ground, an unshakable cube, and on it stands a curly-headed image, fashioned down to the chest. This declares that it yields to none. Such is Terminus, the one and only goal that governs men. There is an immovable day, times predetermined by fate, and the last times pronounce judgement on the first.

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Das CXCIX [=198] .

Laack. Termin .[3]

Ein vierecketer grosser Stein
Ein gwiß fest Lack wirt graben ein
Darauff ghauwen biß uber dbrust
Ein Bild steht, gmacht artlich mit lust
Und spricht, Ich niemand weichen wil
Also ist der Termin und zil
Welcher die Menschen allein treibt
Und keiner vor im sicher bleibt
Der tag und zeit von Gott bestimpt
Unbeweglich alles hinnimpt
Und felt vom ersten das urtheil
Das letst so kompt hernach mit eil.

Notes:

1.  For Terminus, the unyielding boundary stone, see Livy, 1.55. Terminus and the motto Concedo nulli (line 3) were adopted by Erasmus as his personal emblem. See Erasmus, Epistulae, 1092 (CWE Correspondence, vol. 7).

2.  See Emblem 54, note to line 11 ([A67a054]).

3.  The German in certain parts of this emblem is particularly puzzling.


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