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EMBLEMA CCXVI [=211] .

Ilex.

The holm-oak

Duritiae nimia[1] quod sese rumperet Ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

Das CCXVI [=211] .

Stein Eich.

Da die SStein Eich auß grosser hert
Sich von einander thut und zert
Gibt ein gemerck und anzeigung
Der Bürgerlichen embörung.

Notes:

1.  Duritie nimia, ‘excessive inflexibility’. Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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    Cupressus.

    The Cypress

    EMBLEMA CXCVIII.

    Indicat effigies metae, nomenque cupressi
    Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]
    Aliud.
    Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
    Quale apium plebis, comere fronde solet.[2]
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P7r p237]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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