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HELLERA.

Ivy


Fu de Poeti gia degna corona
L’Hellera. questa Ť pallida, & anchora
Pallido Ť chi per bere in Helicona
Suda mai sempre, e s’affatica ogn’hora.
Ella per tempo mai non abbandona
L’honor de le sue foglie: e qui dimora
Dopo la morte in ogni estremo lido
Del ben dotto Poeta eterno il grido,


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Buxus.

The box-tree

XXXIX.

PerpetuÚ viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus.
Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
Deliciis apta est teneris, & amantibus arbor.
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans. [2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

Notes:

1.For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. The lover should affect pallor and emaciation, as these will soften the lady’s heart; see Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.729ff.


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