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El Alamo blanco.

TERCETO.

De Hercules los cabellos ciñe,[1] y muestra
El Alamo como la noche y dia
El uno a’l atro [=otro] sus veçes 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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EMBLEMA CCXI [=206] .

Amygdalus.

The almond

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flore,
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Das CCXI [=206] .

Mandelbaum.

Mandelbaum warumb eilst so sehr
Das du dein blüst stost vorn Blettern
Ich hassz die Knaben so da sind
Zu uberhuy und all zugschwind.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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