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DE ARBORIBUS.

EMBLEMA CC [=199] .

Cupressus.

The Cypress

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque Cupressi,
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.

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Von Beumen.

Das CC [=199] .

Cypreßbaum.

Deß Cypreßbaum nam, form und gstalt
So ein Laack gleich zeigt an mit gwalt
Daß ein jeder die seinen sol
In gleichem ansehn halten wol.

EMBLEMA CCI [=199 second part] .

Aliud.

Other

Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
Qualè Apium plebis comere fronde solet.[2]

The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.

Das CCI [=199 second part] .

Ein anderß.

Ein todten Baum der Cypreß ist
Mit seinem zweig er ziert zur frist
Der grossen herrn Leiblegung gleich
Wie der Epp der gemeinen leich.

EMBLEMA CCII [=199 third part] .

Aliud.

Other

Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaque ordine frondes,
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

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Das CCII [=199 third part] .

Ein anderß.

Schön geschmückt, schön broß und schön zweig
Gesetzt ordenlich nach einr reig
Also diese schöne Geschoß
Tragen kein frucht seind deren bloß.

Notes:

1.  This refers to the supposed etymology, Greek κύειν and πάρισος ‘bear’,‘equal’.

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

3.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).


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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.

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    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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