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Section: ARBORES (Trees). View all emblems in this section.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O7v p222]

Buxus.

The box-tree

Perpetuò viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula fasta [=facta] modis,[1]
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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Section: LES ARBRES. View all emblems in this section.

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Le Coing.[1]

A la nouvelle espouse donnoit l’on
Jadis des Coings, par la loy de Solon.[2]
Bons sont au coeur: & rendent bonne aleine
Pour bien penser: sans parolle villaine.

Les Coings confortent le coeur, & inspirent douce
aleine à la bouche. Et d’iceulx les presens jadis faictz
aux nouvelles espouses, les admonnestoient de avoir le
coeur net en bonne, & honneste pensée: & la bouche de
bonne odeur, en pudiques, & honnestes parolles.

Notes:

1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

2.  See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.



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