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EMBLEMA CCX [=205] .

Populus alba.

The white poplar

Herculeos crines bicolor qud populus ornet,[1]
Temporis alternat noxque diesque vices.[2]

The two-coloured poplar wreathes the locks of Hercules - and so its dark and light show time’s alternating changes.

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Das CCX [=205] .

Bellenbaum.

Das de Bellen zweiferbig blat
De Herculis har zieret glat
Also verendert sich die zeit
In Tag und Nacht zu aller seit.

Notes:

1. The white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

2. noxque diesque, ‘its dark and light’ (lit. night and day), a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.



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    Populus alba.

    The white poplar

    Emblema ccxi.

    Herculeos crines bicolor qud populus ornet,[1]
    Temporis alternat nxque disque vices.[2]

    The two-coloured poplar wreathes the locks of Hercules - and so its dark and light show time’s alternating changes.

    ALbe populi frondibus statuae Herculis ornabantur
    ad significandum temporum continuum cursum motum-
    que perpetuum in diem & noctem. Nam frondes eius
    arboris altera parte nigricantes, altera ver pen
    candidae. Herculem ver pro tempore usurpatum
    notat Macrobius, ut etiam pro Sole, spectata vi no-
    minis.

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    Le Peuplier.

    LE Peuplier blanc & brun se donne
    Au grand Hercule pour coronne:
    C’est designer du temps le tour
    Alternatif en nuict & jour.

    LEs statues d’Hercules estoient decorees
    des fueilles de blanc peuplier, pour si-
    gnifier le continuel cours du temps, & le
    mouvement perpetuel du jour & de la nuict.
    Car les fueilles de cest arbre d’un coust
    tendent sur le noir, d’autre sont presque
    blanches. Aussi Hercules a est prins pour
    le temps: comme pareillement pour le So-
    leil, jouxte la force du mot, ainsi que Ma-
    crobe
    l’a remarqu.

    Notes:

    1. The white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

    2. noxque diesque, ‘its dark and light’ (lit. night and day), a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.



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