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Hedera.

Ivy

XXXVIII.

Haudquaquam arescens hederae est arbuscula, Cisso[1]
Quae puero Bacchum dona dedisse ferunt:
Errabunda, procax, auratis fulva corymbis,
Exterius viridis, caetera pallor habet.
Hinc aptis vates cingunt sua tempora sertis:[2]
Pallescunt studiis, laus diuturna viret.

There is a bushy plant which never withers, the ivy which Bacchus, they say, gave as a gift to the boy Cissos. It goes where it will, uncontrollable; tawny where the golden berry-clusters hang; green on the outside but pale everywhere else. Poets use it to wreathe their brows with garlands that fit them well - poets are pale with study, but their praise remains green for ever.

Notes:

1.  Κισσός is the Greek word for ‘ivy’. For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  vates cingunt sua tempora, ‘Poets use it to wreathe their brows’. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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    INDEX EMBLEMATUM
    IN IOCOS [=LOCOS] COMMUNES
    DIGESTORUM.
    EMBLEMATA DEDICATORIA
    Ad illustrissimum Maximilianum &c. [7]
    Mediolanum [8]
    Nunquam procrastinandum [9]
    DEUS, SIVE RELIGIO.
    In Deo laetandum [10]
    Sapientia humana, stultitia est apud Deum [11]
    Ficta Religio [12]
    Non tibi, sed religioni. [13]
    Quà Dii vocant, eundum [14]
    VIRTUTES.
    FIDES.
    Fidei Symbolum [15]
    Foedera [16]
    Silentium [17]
    Non vulgando consilia [18]
    Nec quaestioni quidem cedendum [19]
    PRUDENTIA.
    Consilio, ac virtute Chimaeram superari: id est, fortiores, &deceptores [20]
    Vigilantia, & custodia [21]
    Νῆφε καὶ μέμνης ἀπιστθεῖν ἄρθρα ταῦτα τῶν φρενῶν [[22]]
    ῆ [=Πῆ] παρέβην? Τί δὲ ἔρεξα? Τὶ μοι δὲον ὀυκ ἐτελέσθην[23]
    Prudentes [24]
    Prudens, magis quàm loquax [25]
    Maturandum [26]
    In deprehensum [27]
    Custodiendas virgines [28]
    Vino Prudentiam augeri [29]
    Prudentes vino abstinent [30]
    In statuam Bacchi [31]
    Gramen [33]
    IUSTITIA.
    Nec verbo, nec facto quemquam laedendum [34]
    Tandem, tandem Iustitia obtinet [35]
    Etiam ferocissimos domari [36]
    Gratiam referendam [37]
    Abstinentia [38]
    Bonis à divitibus nihil timendum [39]
    FORTITUDO.
    Signa fortium [40]
    Ανέχου καὶ ἀπέχου [41]
    In adulari nescientes [42]
    Obdurandum adversus urgentia [43]
    Omnia mea mecum porto [44]
    CONCORDIA.
    Concordiae Symbolum [45]
    Concordia [46]
    Concordia insuperabilis [47]
    Unum nihil, duos plurimum posse [48]
    Firmissima convelli non posse [49]
    SPES.
    Spes proxima [50]
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    In simulachrum Spei [51]
    In dies meliora [53]
    Illicitum non sperandum [54]
    PUDICITIA. [55]
    VITIA
    PERFIDIA.
    In Victoriam dolo partam [56]
    In fraudulentos [57]
    Dolus in suos [58]
    Maledicentia [59]
    In receptatores sicariorum [60]
    In adulatores [61]
    Ei qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena credi non oportere [62]
    STULTITIA.
    Temeritas [63]
    Furor, & rabies [64]
    In temerarios [65]
    In eos qui supra vires quicquam audent [66]
    Impossibile [67]
    Cuculi [68]
    Vespertilio [69]
    Aliud [70]
    Ira [71]
    In eum, qui sibiipsi damnum apparat [72]
    Fatuitas [73]
    Oblivio paupertatis [74]
    SUPERBIA.
    Superbia [75]
    Impudentia [76]
    Philautia [77]
    Garrulitas [78]
    INVIDIA.
    Invidia [79]
    LUVURIA [=LUXURIA] .
    Luxuria [80]
    Luxuriosorum opes [81]
    Tumulus Meretricis [82]
    In amatores Meretricum [83]
    Cavendum à Meretricibus [84]
    Aniuletum [=Amuletum] Veneris [85]
    Inviolabiles telo Cupidinis [86]
    Lascivia [87]
    DESIDIA.
    Desidia [88]
    Desidiam abiiciendam [89]
    In facilè à Virtute desciscentes [90]
    Ignavi [91]
    AVARITIA.
    Avaritia [92]
    In avaros [93]
    In Aulicos [94]
    In Sordidos [95]
    In divites publico malo [96]
    In avaros, Vel quibus melior conditio ab extraneis offertur [97]
    GUIA [=GULA] .
    Gula [98]
    Ocni effigies [99]
    In Parasitos [100]
    Parvam culinam duobus ganeonibus non sufficere [101]
    Captivus ob gulam [102]
    In Garrulum, & Gulosum [103]
    Natura [104]
    DOCTORUM AGNOMINA [104]
    Vis Naturae [106]
    Ars Naturam adiuvat [107]
    In Iuventam [108]
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    In quatuor tempora anni [109]
    ASTROLOGIA.
    Scyphus Nestoris [110]
    Quae supra nos, nihil ad nos [112]
    In Astrologos [113]
    Qui alta contemplantur cadere [114]
    AMOR.
    Potentissimus affectus Amor [115]
    Potentia amoris [116]
    Vis amoris [117]
    In studiosum amore captum [118]
    Αντέρως. id est, amor virtutis [119]
    Αντέρως. Amor Virtutis alium Cupidinem superans [120]
    Dulcia quandoque amara fieri [121]
    Ferè simile, ex Theocrito [122]
    In statuam Amoris [123]
    In oblivionem patriae [125]
    Sirenes [126]
    Senex puellam amans [127]
    Colores [128]
    FORTUNA.
    Virtuti Fottuna [=Fortuna] comes [130]
    Fortuna Virtutem superans [131]
    Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse, ne provehantur [132]
    In Occasionem [133]
    In subitum terrorem [134]
    In illaudata laudantes [135]
    In momentaneam felicitatem [136]
    Ex damno alterius utilitas [137]
    Bonis auspiciis incipiendum [138]
    Nil reliqui [139]
    Malè parta, malè dilabuntur [140]
    Semper praesto esse infortunia [141]
    Remedia in arduo, mala in prono esse [142]
    HONOR.
    Ex arduis perpetuum nomen [143]
    Ex literarum studiis immortalitatem acquiri [144]
    Tumulus Ioannis Galeacii Vicecomitis, Primi Ducis Mediolanensis [145]
    Optimus civis [146]
    Strenuorum immortale nomen [147]
    Nobiles, ac generosi [148]
    Duodecim certamina Herculis [149]
    In nothos [151]
    Imparilitas [152]
    In desciscentes [153]
    Aemulatio impar [154]
    Albutii ad D. Alciatum suadentis ut &c. [155]
    PRINCEPS.
    Princeps subditorum incolumitatem procurans [156]
    In Senatum boni Principis [157]
    Quod non capit Christus, rapit Fiscus [158]
    Opulentia tyranni paupertas subiectorum [159]
    Consiliarii Principum [160]
    Principis clementia [161]
    RESPUBLICA.
    Salus publica [162]
    Respublica liberata [163]
    VITA.
    In vitam humanam [164]
    Aere quandoque salutem redimendam [165]
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    MORS.
    Cum Larvis non luctandum [166]
    De Morte, & Amore [167]
    In formosam fato praereptam [168]
    In mortem praeproperam [169]
    Terminus [170]
    Opulenti haereditas [171]
    AMICITIA.
    Amicitia etiam post mortem durans [172]
    Mutuum auxilium [173]
    Auxilium nunquam deficiens [174]
    Gratiae [175]
    HOSTILITAS.
    In detractores [177]
    Inanis impetus [178]
    Aliquid mali, propter vicinum malum [179]
    In eum qui truculentia suorum perierit [180]
    Εχθρῶν ἄδωρα δῶρα. In dona hostium [181]
    A minimis quoque timendum [182]
    Obnoxia infirmitas [183]
    Vel post mortem formidolosi [184]
    VINDICTA.
    Iusta vindicta [185]
    Iusta ultio [186]
    Parem deliquentis, & suasoris culpam esse [187]
    Alius peccat, alius plectitur [188]
    Insani glanius [189]
    PAX.
    Pax [190]
    Ex bello pax [191]
    Ex Pace ubertas [192]
    SCIENTIA.
    Doctos Doctis obloqui nefas esse [193]
    Eloquentia, fortitudine praestantior [194]
    Facundia difficilis [295]
    Antiquissima quaeque commentitia [196]
    Insignia Poëtarum [197]
    Musicam Diis curae esse [198]
    Litera occidit: Spiritus vivificat [199]
    Dicta septem sapientum [220]
    IGNORANTIA.
    Submovendam ignorantiam [202]
    Mentem, non formam plus pollere [203]
    Dives indoctus [204]
    MATRIMONIUM.
    In fidem uxoriam [205]
    Reverentiam in matrimonio requiri [206]
    In foecunditatem sibiipsi damnosam [207]
    Amor filiorum [208]
    Pietas filiorum in parentes [209]
    Mulieris famam, non formam vulgatam esse oportere [210]
    In pudoris statuam [211]
    Nuptam [=Nupta] contagioso [213]
    ARBORES:
    Cupressus [213]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Quercus [214]
    Aliud [ibidem]
    Salix [215]
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    Abies [216]
    Picea [217]
    Cotonea [218]
    Hedera [220]
    Ilex [220]
    Malus medica [221]
    Buxus [222]
    Morus [223]
    Amygdalus [224]
    Laurus [225]
    Populus alba. [226]

    FINIS.
    Lugduni,
    Excudebat Mathias Bonhomme.

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