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Populus alba.

The white poplar

Herculeos crines bicolor quòd populus ornet,[1]
Temporis alternat noxque, diesque vices.[2]

The two-coloured poplar wreathes the locks of Hercules - and so its dark and light show time’s alternating changes.

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.  noxque diesque, ‘its dark and light’ (lit. night and day), 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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DE ARBORIBUS.

EMBLEMA CC [=199] .

Cupressus.

The Cypress

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque Cupressi,
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.

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Von Beumen.

Das CC [=199] .

Cypreßbaum.

Deß Cypreßbaum nam, form und gstalt
So ein Laack gleich zeigt an mit gwalt
Daß ein jeder die seinen sol
In gleichem ansehn halten wol.

EMBLEMA CCI [=199 second part] .

Aliud.

Other

Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
Qualè Apium plebis comere fronde solet.[2]

The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.

Das CCI [=199 second part] .

Ein anderß.

Ein todten Baum der Cypreß ist
Mit seinem zweig er ziert zur frist
Der grossen herrn Leiblegung gleich
Wie der Epp der gemeinen leich.

EMBLEMA CCII [=199 third part] .

Aliud.

Other

Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaque ordine frondes,
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

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Das CCII [=199 third part] .

Ein anderß.

Schön geschmückt, schön broß und schön zweig
Gesetzt ordenlich nach einr reig
Also diese schöne Geschoß
Tragen kein frucht seind deren bloß.

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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