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Edera.

Ivy

Emblema cciiii.

Haudquaquam arescens ederae 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.

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HEdera perpetu viret, tenax est, eque parti mo-
lesta cui haeret, corymbos aureos producit, ex-
tra viridis, in caeteris pallescens, potarum condi-
tionem repraesentat, qui haerent studiis, sibque in-
terdum nocent, qud fer corporeis exercitationi-
bus careant: famam tamen nominis nunquam mori-
turam, quasi mercedem auream exspectant. solantur
enim se, & studiorum molestias atque difficultates
sempiternae laudis opinione levant.

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Le lierre.

LE lierre en verdeur est plaisant,
Dont Bacchus fit un beau present
Au jeune Cissus: & se perche
Contremont: ses grains en couleur
Sont comme d’or: est en palleur
Verd dedans, embrasser il cerche:
Les Potes en font des chappeaux
Et bouquets, dont ils se coronnent:
Palles ils sont, mais ils se donnent
Des los & bruits tousjours nouveaux.

LE lierre est tousjours verdoyant, il tient
serr & s’entortille faisant tort la par-
tie o il s’attache, produit des grains cou-
leur d’or, en dehors verd, par tout est pal-
lissant: ce que remarque la condition des po-
tes, lesquels sont tousjours attachez aux e-
studes, & se font quelque fois tort, d’autant
qu’ils ne prennent aucun exercice du corps:
ils se promettent toutesfois un bruit & re-
nommee qui ne faudra jamais, comme une
precieuse recompense: ainsi sont ils consolez
d’esperance, & soulagent les chagrins & dif-
ficultez de leurs estudes par l’opinion qu’ils
ont d’une louange immortelle.

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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Cotonea.

The quince

EMBLEMA CCIV.

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cm 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.

Notes:

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


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