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El Box.

OTTAVA ACEPHALA.

El crespo y verde Box d’el qual se haze
La flauta en el sonido differente.[1]
Tambien serā seņal que satisfaze
De aquel que herido d’el Amor se siente:
Porque de amarillez estā teņido
Como el que d’el Amor se siente herido.[2]

Notes:

1.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.  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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El Alamo blanco.

TERCETO.

De Hercules los cabellos ciņe,[1] y muestra
El Alamo como la noche y dia
El uno a’l atro [=otro] sus veįes empresta.[2]

Notes:

1.  The white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

2.  ‘noche y dia’, a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.


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