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Rotting to Revive: Lower Plant Emblematics. The idea here is biblical but not only biblical; with John 12:24 compare Joshua Sylvester, The Divine Weeks . . . of Guillaume de Saluste Sieur Du Bartas (1st compl. ed. 1605) 1.3.825, partly building on Ovid, Met. 1.416-33, on how scattered seed "Rots to revive, and warmly-wet puts forth . . ." Emblem taken from J. Martin, Le paradis terrestre, ou, Emblemes sacrez de la solitude (Paris, 1655), by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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