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Que la letra mata y el Spiritu da vida.[1]

Ottava rhima.

Los hombres que nasçieron de la tierra
De los dientes sembrados d’el serpiente
Haziendo el uno a’l otro fiera guerra
Cayeron mal heridos ygualmente.
Mas entre aquellos que el furor atierra
Pallas guardò la parte mas prudente.
Las letras hallò Cadmo, que fatigan:
El alma mas las sciençias la mitigan.[2]

Notes:

1.  2 Corinthians 3:6.

2.  For the story of Cadmus, founder of Thebes ), and the dragon’s teeth, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.99ff. Pallas brought the internecine struggle between the earth-born warriors to an end. Cadmus supposedly introduced writing to Greece. The scattering of the dragon’s teeth was interpreted as the invention of the alphabet.


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EMBLEMA CCIX [=204] .

Buxus.

The box-tree

Perpetuò viridis, crispoque cacumine Buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis:[1]
Delitiis apta est teneris, & amantibus arbor:
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

Das CCIX [=204] .

Buchßbaum.

Der Buchbaum ist grün alle zeit
Der schöne krausse Wirbel treit
Auß den macht man mancherley weiß
Liebliche Pfeiffen sonders fleiß
Dieser Baum tauget zu fried und schimpff
Und den Bulern zu ehr und glimpff
Sein Holtz ist gel, also auch all
Die mit lieb seind verhafft zumal.

Notes:

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

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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