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Amygdalus.

The almond

Emblema ccviii.

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flores?
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

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AMygdalus citissimè floret, tardissimè fructum
profert, Plinius li. 16. cap. 25. Ita praecocia illa inge-
nia quae habent praeclaram quandam indolem, vix aut
certè serò admodum perveniunt ad frugem, ait
Fabius lib. 1. cap. 3.

L’Amandier.

L’Amandier se haste à florir,
Mais son fruit vient tard à meurir:
Ces esprits qui si tost se hastent,
Ne durent point, ains tost se gastent.

L’Amandier fleurit bien tost, mais rap-
porte son fruit tard, comme dit Pline li-
vre 16. chap. 25. Ainsi ces esprits si hastifs &
prompts, qui ont une grand’ montre du com-
mencement, ne viennent à perfection qu’à
grande difficulté ou fort tard, ainsi que par-
le Quintilian livre I. chap. 3.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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Le peuplier blanc.

XLI.

Ce que du peuplier blanc le chef d’Hercule est ceinct,[1]
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Le peuplier blanc est consacré à Hercule, Il a la
feuille tremblante, blanchissant’ par le haut, & ver-
de par le bas. Celà nous enseigne le continuel mouve-
ment du temps, distribué en clair jour, & en nuict
obscure. Mais le peuplier blanc a encor cecy de confor-
me avec le temps, qu’apres le solstice ses feuilles se tour-
nent de l’autre costé: & n’y a rien en terre, qui puis-
se plus certainement tesmoigner le solstice, que ceste
conversion. On dit que quand Hercule descendit aux
enfers, il portoit une couronne de peuplier, le dehors de
laquelle fut obscurci par la suye du feu d’enfer: mais
ce qui touchoit sa peau ou ses cheveux, fut blanchi
par sa sueur.

Notes:

1.  The white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

2.  ’night and day’, a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.


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