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Malus medica.

The citron

XL.

Aurea sunt Veneris poma haec, iucundus amaror
Indicat, est Graecis sic glycypicros amor.[1]

These golden fruits belong to Venus: the sweet bitterness tells us that. Even so is love glukupikros for the Greeks.

Notes:

1. γλυκύπικρος, ‘bitter-sweet’, a concept often applied to Love in Hellenistic epigrams. See Emblem 89 ([A56a089]).


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    L’Amendelier.

    APOSTROPHE.

    Amendelier, Pourquoy si tost floris?
    Trop bons ne sont les trop prompts esperitz.[1]

    L’Amendelier est le premier arbre qui fleurit, & cel-
    luy qui plustost perit. Aussi les trop hastifz esperitz
    (comme dict Quintilian) grand peine jamais par-
    viennent fruyct.

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


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