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EMBLEMA CCXVII [=212] .

Hedera.

Ivy

Haudquaquam arescens hedere 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.

Das CCXVII [=212] .

Epheuw.

Epheuw ist ein gsteud das mit nicht
Verdorret, das wie ich bin bricht
Bacchus dem Knaben Cisso sol
Zu eim gschenck geben hon ein mal
Verwendt hin und her es sich flucht
Und tregt oben zu Goldgelb zucht
Ausserthalb ist es grün sunst doch
Hat es die gelbe Farbe noch
Auß diesem werden Krentz bereit
Damit ziert man die glehrte Leut
Die seind von studieren stäts bleich
Ir lob aber allzeit grunt reich.

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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    Abies.

    The fir tree

    EMBLEMA CCII.

    Apta fretis Abies in montibus editur altis:
    Est & in adversis maxima commoditas.[1]

    The fir tree that is fit to sail the sea grows high up on the hills. Even in hard circumstances, there is great advantage to be found.

    Notes:

    1.  This is because it grows strong by withstanding the gales and harsh weather. Contrast Anthologia Graeca, 9.30ff, 105, and the much-translated 376 for an opposing view of the fir tree: “how can the fir, storm-tossed while growing on land, resist the gales at sea?” 9.31 was translated by Alciato (Selecta epigrammata, p. 98).


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