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Buxus.

The box-tree

Perpetuò viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus,
Unde est disparibus fistula fasta [=facta] modis,[1]
Delitiis apta est teneris, & amantibus arbor.
Pallor inest illi, pallet & omnis amans.[2]

The box-tree is evergreen, with crinkly shoots. From it was made the pipe with its variously pitched notes. It is a tree appropriate to tender delights and to lovers. Box-wood is pale and so is every lover.

Notes:

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

2.  pallet et omnis amans, ‘pale...is every lover’. 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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  • Pleasure, Enjoyment, Joy; 'Allegrezza', 'Allegrezza da le medaglie', 'Allegrezza, letitia e giubilo', 'Diletto', 'Piacere', 'Piacere honesto' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56B1(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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EMBLEMA CCV [=201] .

Quercus.

The Oak

Grata Iovi est Quercus, qui nos servatque fovetque,
Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]

The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen.

Das CCV [=201] .

Eychbaum.

Die Eych ist dem Gott Jovi gut
Der uns erhalten, ehrnern thut
Sehr angenem, damit man krönt
Die erhalten die Bürger thündt.

EMBLEMA CCVI [=201 second part] .

Aliud.

Other

Glande aluit veteres,[2] sola nunc proficit umbra,
Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovis.

The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

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Das CCVI [=201 second part] .

Ein anderß.

Die Eichel war der alten speiß
Jetzt braucht mans nur zum schatten leiß
Also ist dieser Baum dienstbar
Dem grossen Gott Jovi fürwar.

Notes:

1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.



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