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Buxus.

The box-tree

XXXIX.

Perpetuò 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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    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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