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El Alamo blanco.

TERCETO.

De Hercules los cabellos ci˝e,[1] y muestra
El Alamo como la noche y dia
El uno a’l atro [=otro] sus vešes empresta.[2]

Notes:

1. áThe white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

2. á‘noche y dia’, a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.


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El Sauze.

TERCETO.

A’l Sauze llam˛ Homero pierdefruto,[1] á[M]
Y di˛ Ó entender que el que aborreše el vino
Jamas en sciencia alguna es absoluto.

[Marginalia - link to text]ὦλεσίκαρπος

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1. áHomer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.


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