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EMBLEMA CCXI [=206] .

Amygdalus.

The almond

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flore,
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Das CCXI [=206] .

Mandelbaum.

Mandelbaum warumb eilst so sehr
Das du dein blüst stost vorn Blettern
Ich hassz die Knaben so da sind
Zu uberhuy und all zugschwind.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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    EMBLEMA CCX [=205] .

    Populus alba.

    The white poplar

    Herculeos crines bicolor quòd populus ornet,[1]
    Temporis alternat noxque diesque vices.[2]

    The two-coloured poplar wreathes the locks of Hercules - and so its dark and light show time’s alternating changes.

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    Das CCX [=205] .

    Bellenbaum.

    Das deß Bellen zweiferbig blat
    Deß Herculis har zieret glat
    Also verendert sich die zeit
    In Tag und Nacht zu aller seit.

    Notes:

    1.  The 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.  noxque diesque, ‘its dark and light’ (lit. night and day), 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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