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Morus.

The mulberry

Serior at Morus nunquam nisi frigore lapso
Germinat;[1] & sapiens nomina falsa[2] gerit.

On the other hand, the mulberry is late, and never until the frost is past does it shoot; though wise, it bears a false name.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.25.102: “the mulberry is the last of domesticated trees to shoot, and only does so when the frosts are over; for that reason it is called the wisest of trees”.

2.  nomina falsa, ‘a false name’, reference to a supposed ‘etymology by opposites’: Latin morus ‘mulberry’ was equated with Greek μῶρος ‘fool’, but the tree was considered wise: see note 1.


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EMBLEMA CCVIII [=203] .

Malus medica.

The citron

Aurea sunt Veneris poma haec: Iucundus amator,
Indicat; est Graecis sic γλυκύπικρος amor.[1]

These golden fruits belong to Venus: the sweet bitterness tells us that. Even so is love glukupikros for the Greeks.

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Das CCVIII [=203] .

Citrinatbaum.

Die güldin Opffel seind geweicht
Der Göttin Veneri, der gleich
Die lieblich bitterkeit zeigt an
Süß, sauwr, wie dLieb Griechn nennen thon.

Notes:

1.   γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 102 ([A67a102]).


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