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Hedera.

Ivy

EMBLEMA CCV.

Haudquaquam arescens Hederae 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.

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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Le Buyx.

Buyx tousjourd verd, crespe au faist de ses fustes,
Est bois, duquel on faict sonnantes flustes.[1]
Propre aulx amours: mais de palle couleur:
Palles amans sont, par doulce douleur.[2]

Le Buyx garde sa vive verdure, & ha bois de jaune pal-
leur, duquel on faict flustes harmonieuses, (mesmement chez
Rafy Lyonnois, excellent ouvrier) pour sonner amoureu-
ses chansons, & aubades. Ainsi les amoureux sont en leur
vive chaleur, quelque froid qu’il face, hont palle jaunisse
de fievre transie, & en parolle, sont doulx & plaisans.

Notes:

1.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.  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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