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Cupressus.

The Cypress

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque cupressi
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]
Aliud.
Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta cupressus,
Quale apium plebis, comere fronde solet. [2]
Aliud.
Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaeque ordine frondes,
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.
Other.
The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.
Other.
The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

Notes:

1. This refers to the supposed etymology, Greek κύειν and πάρισος ‘bear’,‘equal’.

2. See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

3. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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EMBLEMA CCVIII [=203] .

Malus medica.

The citron

Aurea sunt Veneris poma haec: Iucundus amator,
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.

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Das CCVIII [=203] .

Citrinatbaum.

Die gldin Opffel seind geweicht
Der Gttin Veneri, der gleich
Die lieblich bitterkeit zeigt an
S, sauwr, wie dLieb Griechn nennen thon.

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1. γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 102 ([A67a102]).


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