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HELLERA.

Ivy


Fu de Poeti gia degna corona
L’Hellera. questa è pallida, & anchora
Pallido è chi per bere in Helicona
Suda mai sempre, e s’affatica ogn’hora.
Ella per tempo mai non abbandona
L’honor de le sue foglie: e qui dimora
Dopo la morte in ogni estremo lido
Del ben dotto Poeta eterno il grido,


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BUXUS.

The box-tree

Emblema. 206.

Perpetuo viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Nnn2r f466r as 469] Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis[1]
Delitiis apta est teneris, & amantibus arbor:
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

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1.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. The lover should affect pallor and emaciation, as these will soften the lady’s heart; see Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.729ff.


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  • Pleasure, Enjoyment, Joy; 'Allegrezza', 'Allegrezza da le medaglie', 'Allegrezza, letitia e giubilo', 'Diletto', 'Piacere', 'Piacere honesto' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56B1(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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