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HEDERA.

Ivy

Emblema. 203.

Haud quaquam arescens hederae est arbuscula, Cisso[1]
Quae puero Bacchum dona dedisse ferunt:
Errabunda, procax, auratis fulva corymbis,
Exterius viridis, caetera pallor habet.
Hinc aptis vates cingunt sua tempora sertis:[2]
Pallescunt studiis, laus diuturna viret.

There is a bushy plant which never withers, the ivy which Bacchus, they say, gave as a gift to the boy Cissos. It goes where it will, uncontrollable; tawny where the golden berry-clusters hang; green on the outside but pale everywhere else. Poets use it to wreathe their brows with garlands that fit them well - poets are pale with study, but their praise remains green for ever.

Notes:

1.  Κισσός is the Greek word for ‘ivy’. For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  vates cingunt sua tempora, ‘Poets use it to wreathe their brows’. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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Le pin.

XXXV.

Ce que nuls rejectons du tronc du pin ne naissent:
Marque ceux qui mourans nuls enfans ne delaissent.

Commentaires.

Celuy n’est pas digne de naistre au monde, qui
n’y en fait point naistre d’autre. Le pin est le symbole
de ceux qui ne se marient point, ou qui sont steriles.
Car le pin ne fait point de rejectons.


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