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Le Morier.

Le Morier sage, & en Graec mal nommé[1]
Ne fleurit point que L’hyver consommé.[2]

Consommé, & finy Lh’yver [=L’hyver] , lors le
Morier, apres les aultres grandz arbres,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R1r p257]commence à jecter ses fleurs, & germes,
hors les dangiers des froidures, & ge-
lées, 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 nom-
mé en Graec Moros par sens contraire,
Car Μώρος en Graec est à dire fol: & il
est sage, qui ne gecte point sa fleur, &
son fruyct, que tout le peril d’hyver ne
soit consommé.

Notes:

1.  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.

2.  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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Laurus.

The laurel

EMBLEMA CCX.

Praescia venturi laurus, fert signa salutis:
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]
Aliud.
Debetur Carlo 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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