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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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    Le laurier.

    XXXIII.

    Le laurier dit le bien qui arrive aux humains,
    Et mis sous le chevet rend les songes certains.[1]

    Autre.

    Qu’on donne du laurier à Charles la couronne,
    Qui a vaincu l’Afrique: aux seuls preux on la donne.[2]

    Commentaires.

    Le laurier, symbole des devinements, est consacré
    à Apollon, que les payens tenoyent pour Dieu des
    predictions. La feuille de laurier mise au feu, si elle pe-
    tille, presagit bonheur, & malheur si elle brusle sans
    bruit. Les amoureux s’en servent en leurs complain-
    tes. L’autre distique est faict en faveur de l’Empe-
    reur Charles cinquieme, qui prit par force Thunis en
    Afrique sur le Corsaire Barberousse.

    Notes:

    1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

    2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535.


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