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Ilex.

The holm-oak

Emblema ccv.

Duritie nimia[1] qud sese rumperet ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

ILex eos refert qui sunt tumultuosi, spectata nimi-
rum arboris natura, cuius lignum cm frangi nisi
admodum difficulter possit, se tamen aliquando dif-
findit & fatiscit: Ita seditio si non nisi seipsis fer
avelluntur & franguntur.

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Le Suse.

LE Suse dur & astraint
De soy se rompt & contraint
Jusqu’ se fendre soy-mesme:
Le trouble civil de fait
De soy-mesme se deffait
Par desordre & fin extreme.

LE Suse ou Roure est la marque des tu-
multueux, en consideration que cest ar-
bre a le bois si fort que bien difficille-
ment il se peut rompre, mais il se rompt &
esclatte luy-mesme par fois: ainsi les sedi-
tieux ne sont aucunefois travaillez & rom-
pus sinon par eux-mesmes.

Notes:

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



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BUXUS.

The box-tree

Emblema. 206.

Perpetuo viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
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Delitiis 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.

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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  • lovers; courting, flirting [33C2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • panpipes [48C7353] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Pleasure, Enjoyment, Joy; 'Allegrezza', 'Allegrezza da le medaglie', 'Allegrezza, letitia e giubilo', 'Diletto', 'Piacere', 'Piacere honesto' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56B1(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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