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Adversus naturam peccantes.[1]

Those sinning against nature.

Turpe quidem factu, sed & est res improba dictu,[2]
Excipiat si quis choenice ventris onus.
Mensuram legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[3]

It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

Notes:

1.  With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

2.  In the 1621 version, factu and dictu are swapped round.

3.  This emblem is omitted in most editions.


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EMBLEMA CCXVII [=212] .

Hedera.

Ivy

Haudquaquam arescens hedere est arbuscula Cisso[1],
Quae puero Bacchum dona dedisse ferunt:
Errabunda, procax, auratis fulva corymbis,
Exterius viridis, caetera pallor habet.
Hinc aptis vates cingunt sua tempora sertis:[2]
Pallescunt studiis, laus diuturna viret.

There is a bushy plant which never withers, the ivy which Bacchus, they say, gave as a gift to the boy Cissos. It goes where it will, uncontrollable; tawny where the golden berry-clusters hang; green on the outside but pale everywhere else. Poets use it to wreathe their brows with garlands that fit them well - poets are pale with study, but their praise remains green for ever.

Das CCXVII [=212] .

Epheuw.

Epheuw ist ein gsteud das mit nicht
Verdorret, das wie ich bin bricht
Bacchus dem Knaben Cisso sol
Zu eim gschenck geben hon ein mal
Verwendt hin und her es sich flucht
Und tregt oben zu Goldgelb zucht
Ausserthalb ist es grün sunst doch
Hat es die gelbe Farbe noch
Auß diesem werden Krentz bereit
Damit ziert man die glehrte Leut
Die seind von studieren stäts bleich
Ir lob aber allzeit grunt reich.

Notes:

1.  Κισσός is the Greek word for ‘ivy’. For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  vates cingunt sua tempora, ‘Poets use it to wreathe their brows’. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.

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