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Le Peuplier.

Blanc brun Peuplier Hercules coronnant,[1]
Monstre le temps jour, & nuyct alternant.[2]

La fueille du Peuplier, est d’une part blanche, & d’aul-
tre brune, & tousjours tremblante. Ainsi est le temps
party en jour clair, & nuyct obscure, & incessamment
en continuel mouvement.

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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Le Roure, ou Suse.

Le Roure fend par trop dur estre,[1] & rond.
Sedition civile en soy se rompt.

Le Roure ou Suse, que est la plus dure espece de chesne: est
en ses parties essentiales si astrinct, & serré avec durté na-
turelle, que de soy mesme il se eclate, & fend: ses parties se
entrelaissantes, & desjoignantes jusque au coeur, d’ond puys
apres par sa durté il donne lieu, & ouverture à mettre le
coing dedans qui le met par pieces, & l’envoie au feu. Ainsi
les gens seditieux en une popularité ne se peuvent entrete
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R8v p272] nir joingtz ensemble: mais par leur trop dur sens, &
obstination, se separent, & donnent lieu à la main justi
ciere,d’entrer sur eulx, les dissiper, & mettre au neant.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).



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