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Cupressus.

The Cypress

EMBLEMA CXCIX.

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque Cupressi,
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]
ALIUD.
Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
Quale apium plebis, comere fronde solet.[2]
ALIUD.
Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaeque ordine frondes;
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.
Other.
The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.
Other.
The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

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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EMBLEMA CXCIX [=198] .

Terminus.

Terminus

Quadratum infoditur firmissima tessera saxum,
Stat cirrata super pectore imago tenus,
Et sese nulli profitetur cedere, talis
Terminus est,[1] homines qui scopus unus agit.
Est immota dies, praefixaque tempora fatis
Deque ferunt primis ultima iudicium.[2]

A squared stone is set in the ground, an unshakable cube, and on it stands a curly-headed image, fashioned down to the chest. This declares that it yields to none. Such is Terminus, the one and only goal that governs men. There is an immovable day, times predetermined by fate, and the last times pronounce judgement on the first.

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Das CXCIX [=198] .

Laack. Termin .[3]

Ein vierecketer grosser Stein
Ein gwi fest Lack wirt graben ein
Darauff ghauwen bi uber dbrust
Ein Bild steht, gmacht artlich mit lust
Und spricht, Ich niemand weichen wil
Also ist der Termin und zil
Welcher die Menschen allein treibt
Und keiner vor im sicher bleibt
Der tag und zeit von Gott bestimpt
Unbeweglich alles hinnimpt
Und felt vom ersten das urtheil
Das letst so kompt hernach mit eil.

Notes:

1. For Terminus, the unyielding boundary stone, see Livy, 1.55. Terminus and the motto Concedo nulli (line 3) were adopted by Erasmus as his personal emblem. See Erasmus, Epistulae, 1092 (CWE Correspondence, vol. 7).

2. See Emblem 54, note to line 11 ([A67a054]).

3. The German in certain parts of this emblem is particularly puzzling.


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