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Amygdalus.

The almond

EMBLEMA CCIX.

Cur properans foliis praemittis Amygdale flores?
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Notes:

1. áSee Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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La Yedra.

Ottava rhima.

Dizen que Bacco di˛ Ó el Cisso infante
La siempre verde yedra por corona.[1]
De donde con guirnalda semejante
Se adorna el morador d’el Helicona.[2] á[M]
Es verde por de fuera su semblante,
Y en lo demas la amarillez la abona,[3]
Como a’l que en los estudios se enveješe,
De do siempre su fama reverdeše.

[Marginalia - link to text]El poeta.

Notes:

1. áFor the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2. áThis full-stop is editorial.

3. áSee Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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