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EMBLEMA CCVIII [=203] .

Malus medica.

The citron

Aurea sunt Veneris poma haec: Iucundus amator,
Indicat; est Graecis sic γλυκύπικρος amor.[1]

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

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Das CCVIII [=203] .

Citrinatbaum.

Die güldin Opffel seind geweicht
Der Göttin Veneri, der gleich
Die lieblich bitterkeit zeigt an
Süß, sauwr, wie dLieb Griechn nennen thon.

Notes:

1.   γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 102 ([A67a102]).


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    Cotonea.

    The quince

    EMBLEMA CCIV.

    Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
    Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
    Grata ori & stomacho cùm sint, ut & halitus illis
    Sit suavis, blandus manet & ore lepos.

    Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

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    1.  antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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