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Le Buyx.[1]

Buyx tousjours verd, crespe aufaist de ses fustes,
Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[2]
Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[3]

Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal
leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesme-
ment chez Rafi Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour son
ner amoureuses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amou
reux sont en leur vive chaleur, quelque froit qu’il face
hont palle jaunisse de fievre transie, & en parolle,
sont doulx & plaisans.

Notes:

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

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

3.  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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L’hierre.

L’hierre est ung arbre en verdeur triumphant,
Duquel Bacchus feit don ą Cisse enfant,[1]
Errant gravit: ha grains d’or en couleur,
Verd par dedans, tout le reste ha palleur.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q7r p253]Poėtes doncque, en hont les chefz couvers,[2]
Palles d’estude: en honneur tousjours verdz.

Les Poėtes se coronnent de Lau
rier & de L’hierre, qui tousjours
verdoie par dedans, par dehors
est palle, & porte bayes de cou-
leur d’or, pour enseigne que ilz
sont palles d’estude par dehors,
& dedans leurs escriptz tousjours
reverdissans par aeternel honneur,
precieux & illustres comme L’or.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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