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Amour de soymesme .

Apostrophe.

Narcis: par trop te plaire en ta beaulté
Mué en fleur, sans sens tu has esté.[1]
Cuyder de soy est, & fut la ruine
De maints savans, Qui laissans la doctrine
Des anciens: aultre voye ont choisie,
Pour n’enseigner rien que leur phantaisie.

Trop cuyder de soy faict laisser le
mieulx des aultres, à la grand per-
te, & confusion de l’oultrecuyde.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Narcissus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.344ff. On the flower, see Pliny, Natural History, 21.75.128: ‘there are two kinds of narcissus... The leafy one ... makes the head thick and is called narcissus from narce (numbness), not from the boy in the story.’ (cf. narcotic).


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Lasciveté.

LXXII.

Je ne voy point pourquoy la marthe subeline[1]
De mignarde mollesse aux humains soit le signe.
Est-ce pource qu’elle est de soy voluptueuse?
Ou pource qu’elle rend la femme plus pompeuse?
Le Sarmatique rat civette on veut nommer,[2]
Mais le musc Arabic se fait fort renommer.[3]

Commentaires.

Tout parfum sent la luxure, & est de mauvais
presage, principalement à l’endroict des femmes. Cel-
le là est de bonne odeur, qui n’en a point du tout.
Le musc, & semblables parfums font voir que ceux
qui en usent ont le coeur mol, & addonné à luxure.
Ce qui s’appelle rat Sarmatic, les autres l’appellent
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P3v p230] chat. Or & le chat & le rat sont animaux fort lu-
xurieux.

Notes:

1.  zibeline, ‘civet cat’, one source of musk, an ingredient in many perfumes.

2.  Sarmatia was the region north of the Black Sea.

3.  The words ‘mouse’ and ‘musk’ are connected, from the mouse-shaped sac of the male animals which produce musk. Some plants have a musky smell. Arabia was famous for plants which produced aromatic gums (e.g. incense and nard).


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