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Buxus.

The box-tree

Emblema ccvii.

Perpetuo viridis, crispóque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
Deliciis apta est teneris & amantibus arbor:
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

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BUxus amasiorum naturam conditionémque re-
fert. habet enim perpetuum virorem, lignúmque
pallidum, quo tamen tibiae & fistulae componuntur:
Sic illi in amore perpetuò virent, sed tamen ex af-
fectibus plerisque biliosis pallorem contrahunt, ni-
hilominus sermone blando ac suavi oratione sem-
per aliquid concinunt.

Le Buys.

BUys au dessus crespelu, tousjours verd,
Il s’entretient, à faire flustes sert:
Des Amoureux & autre mignardise
Il peust servir pour marque ou pour devise:
Car il se tient tousjours en sa palleur,
Et l’amoureux est de ceste couleur.

LE Buys sert à exprimer le naturel & con-
dition des amoureux: car il a une perpe-
tuelle verdeur, un bois pallissant, duquel ce
neantmoins on fait des flustes & sifflets.
Ainsi eux sont en amour perpetuellement
vers, toutesfois à cause de quelques qualitez
bilieuses ils sont palles, non obstant s’entre-
tiennent de propos gracieux, & chantent
tousjours quelque plaisante chanson.

Notes:

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

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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Le meurier.

XLIIII.

Jamais durant le froid le meurier ne bourgeonne:[1]
Sage il est, quoy qu’à tort nom de fol on luy donne.[2]

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Commentaires.

On baille diverses etymologies au meurier. Les
uns le derivent d’un mot Latin, qui signifie retarde-
ment: les autres d’un mot Grec qui signifie noir: &
autres encor d’un autre mot Grec, qui signifie fol: &
ce par antiphrase: car c’est le plus sage de tous les ar-
bres. Pline & autres en parlent en ceste façon: Le
meurier verdoye le dernier de tous les arbres de la
ville: car il attend que tout le froid soit passé: & pour-
ce est-il appellé le plus sage de tous les arbres. Mais
quand il commence à pousser, il acheve tout en une
nuict, & se fait mesme ouïr. On l’employe pour sym-
bole de la prudence: car il attend l’occasion du temps
& de la saison, de peur que l’injure de l’air ne l’en-
dommage. Ainsi l’homme prudent dilaye tout expres
ses affaires d’importance, & tous ses conseils, ne les
voulant point executer avant le temps, ains attendant
une occasionmeure , ou il les puisse exploiter sans
dommage & sans danger.

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.  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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