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COTONEA.

The quince

Emblema. 202.

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

Notes:

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


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Malus medica.

The citron

Emblema ccvi.

Aurea sunt Venris poma haec: iucundus amaror
Indicat, est Graecis sic γλυκύπικρος amor.[1]

These golden fruits belong to Venus: the sweet bitterness tells us that. Even so is love glukupikros for the Greeks.

CItrus, & malus Medica fructum habet cuius cor-
tex aurei coloris, saporis austeri, intus verò dul-
cis succus: ita se blandus amor idémque amarus ha-
bet. Proinde pomum Veneri sacrum.

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L’Oranger.

LA pomme d’Orange appartient
A Venus, pour nous faire entendre
Amour doux-amer, & apprendre
Que le mot Grec ainsi le tient.

LE Citron & Oranger a le fruit duquel
l’escorce est de couleur d’or, la saveur
forte & austere, mais le suc de dedans est doux:
tout de mesme est l’amour, qui de soy est blan
dissant, & amer aussi: partant ce fruit est de-
dié à Venus.

Notes:

1.  γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 112 ([FALc112]).


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