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Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunquàm 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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EMBLEMA CCVII [=202] .

Cotonea.

The quince

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis,
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cùm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manat & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

Das CCVII [=202] .

Kütten.

Es ist dsag das Solon der weiß
Sol haben verordnet mit fleiß
Das man die Kütten geben thu
Den neuwen Breutn eh mans leg zu
Dieweil sie seind dem Magn und Mund
Angemen, wolgschmack und gesund
Das also auch sie lieblich süß
Seyen freundtlich on alls verdrieß.

Notes:

1.  antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.



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