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EMBLEMA CCVII [=202] .

Cotonea.

The quince

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis,
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cùm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manat & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

Das CCVII [=202] .

Kütten.

Es ist dsag das Solon der weiß
Sol haben verordnet mit fleiß
Das man die Kütten geben thu
Den neuwen Breutn eh mans leg zu
Dieweil sie seind dem Magn und Mund
Angemen, wolgschmack und gesund
Das also auch sie lieblich süß
Seyen freundtlich on alls verdrieß.

Notes:

1.  antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.



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    Buxus.

    The box-tree

    Perpetuo viridis, crispoque cacumine buxus,
    Unde est disparibus fistula facta modis,[1]
    Deliciis 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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    • lovers; courting, flirting [33C2] Search | Browse Iconclass
    • panpipes [48C7353] Search | Browse Iconclass
    • 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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