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Morus.

The mulberry

EMBLEMA CCIX.

Serior at morus numquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat:[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Notes:

1.  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”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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L’amandier.

XLIII.

Pourquoy, hastive, as-tu avant feuilles des fleurs?
Je hay ceux qui trop tost, & hors temps sont ja meurs.[1]

Commentaires.

L’amandier jecte ses fleurs avant ses feuilles: mais
aussi s’il survient du froid, ou quelque autre intempe-
rie de l’air, les fleurs tumbent, & par consequent l’e-
sperance du fruict est estaincte. Il est le type & le
symbole des esprits trop tost meurs: lesquels, à la ve-
rité, promettent bien beaucoup d’eux, estans doués
d’une tant heureuse memoire, & d’une dexterité
d’esprit du tout admirable. Mais quand ils sont par-
venus à aage viril, alors ou ils viennent hors du sens,
ou du moins ils sont entierement desnués de ces beaux
dons qu’ils avoyent en jeunesse.

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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