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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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L’amandier.

XLIII.

Pourquoy, hastive, as-tu avant feuilles des fleurs?
Je hay ceux qui trop tost, & hors temps sont ja meurs.[1]

Commentaires.

L’amandier jecte ses fleurs avant ses feuilles: mais
aussi s’il survient du froid, ou quelque autre intempe-
rie de l’air, les fleurs tumbent, & par consequent l’e-
sperance du fruict est estaincte. Il est le type & le
symbole des esprits trop tost meurs: lesquels, à la ve-
rité, promettent bien beaucoup d’eux, estans doués
d’une tant heureuse memoire, & d’une dexterité
d’esprit du tout admirable. Mais quand ils sont par-
venus à aage viril, alors ou ils viennent hors du sens,
ou du moins ils sont entierement desnués de ces beaux
dons qu’ils avoyent en jeunesse.

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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