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Malus medica.

The citron

XL.

Aurea sunt Veneris poma haec, iucundus amaror
Indicat, est Graecis sic glycypicros amor.[1]

These golden fruits belong to Venus: the sweet bitterness tells us that. Even so is love glukupikros for the Greeks.

Notes:

1.  γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 89 ([A56a089]).


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    Le peuplier blanc.

    XLI.

    Ce que du peuplier blanc le chef d’Hercule est ceinct,[1]
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N5v p202] Celà du jour & nuict l’entresuite nous peind.[2]

    Commentaires.

    Le peuplier blanc est consacré à Hercule, Il a la
    feuille tremblante, blanchissant’ par le haut, & ver-
    de par le bas. Celà nous enseigne le continuel mouve-
    ment du temps, distribué en clair jour, & en nuict
    obscure. Mais le peuplier blanc a encor cecy de confor-
    me avec le temps, qu’apres le solstice ses feuilles se tour-
    nent de l’autre costé: & n’y a rien en terre, qui puis-
    se plus certainement tesmoigner le solstice, que ceste
    conversion. On dit que quand Hercule descendit aux
    enfers, il portoit une couronne de peuplier, le dehors de
    laquelle fut obscurci par la suye du feu d’enfer: mais
    ce qui touchoit sa peau ou ses cheveux, fut blanchi
    par sa sueur.

    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.  ’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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