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BOSSO.

Box-tree.


S’adopra il Bosso a far varii strumenti,
Onde si forma poi suon grato e caro;
Et i suoi rami a le felice genti
Ornano spesso alto edificio e raro.
Ma perche anchora è pallido, assomiglia
A chi del’amor suo tormento piglia.


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La Yedra.

Ottava rhima.

Dizen que Bacco diò à el Cisso infante
La siempre verde yedra por corona.[1]
De donde con guirnalda semejante
Se adorna el morador d’el Helicona.[2]  [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 envejeçe,
De do siempre su fama reverdeçe.

[Marginalia - link to text]El poeta.

Notes:

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

2.  This full-stop is editorial.

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


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