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Picea.

The spruce tree

Emblema ccii.

At picea emittat nullos quòd stirpe stolones,
Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.

PIcea facilè potest eum significare, qui sine liberis
decedit. Aut referetur ad eum qui nullum sui mo-
nimentum reliquerit, cuius nempe vita ac mors iux-
tà aestimatur, ut ait Sallustius.

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Le pin.

DU Pin, quoy que grand, on peut voir
Ne sortir rejets de racine:
Ce que pourra estre le signe
D’un qui meurt sans enfans avoir.

LE Pin peust representer celuy qui dece-
de sans enfans. Ou sera prins pour quel-
cun qui ne laisse point de memoire de soy,
assavoir duquel en la vie & la mort on ne
parle point, comme dit Salluste.


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Le bouis.

XXXIX.

Tousjours verd est le bouis, & crespu par la cime,
La flute qu’on en fait rend son harmonieux:[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N5r p201] Aux delices propre est de ceux qu’amour anime
Il paslit, aussi font tous povres amoureux.[2]

Commentaires.

Le bouis est le symbole d’amour, pource qu’il est
verd mais d’une verdeur pasle. Aussi les amoureux
esperent tousjours, mais ceste esperance n’est jamais
separee de doute & crainte. Le bouis est fort propre
à faire des flutes de toutes façons, l’harmonie des-
quelles fait quelquefois passer la fantasie aux amou-
reux.

Notes:

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

2.  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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