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EMBLEMA CC [=199] .


The Cypress

Indicat effigies metae, nomenque Cupressi,
Tractandos parili conditione suos.[1]

The cone-shaped form and the name ‘cypress’ indicate that one’s people should be dealt with on equal terms.

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Von Beumen.

Das CC [=199] .


De Cyprebaum nam, form und gstalt
So ein Laack gleich zeigt an mit gwalt
Da ein jeder die seinen sol
In gleichem ansehn halten wol.

EMBLEMA CCI [=199 second part] .



Funesta est arbor, procerum monumenta Cupressus,
Qual Apium plebis comere fronde solet.[2]

The cypress is a funereal tree. Its branches usually adorn the memorials of leading men as parsley-stems adorn those of humble people.

Das CCI [=199 second part] .

Ein ander.

Ein todten Baum der Cypre ist
Mit seinem zweig er ziert zur frist
Der grossen herrn Leiblegung gleich
Wie der Epp der gemeinen leich.

EMBLEMA CCII [=199 third part] .



Pulchra coma est, pulchro digestaque ordine frondes,
Sed fructus nullos haec coma pulchra gerit.[3]

The foliage is beautiful, and the leaves all arranged in neat order, but this beautiful foliage bears no fruit.

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Das CCII [=199 third part] .

Ein ander.

Schn geschmckt, schn bro und schn zweig
Gesetzt ordenlich nach einr reig
Also diese schne Gescho
Tragen kein frucht seind deren blo.


1. This refers to the supposed etymology, Greek κύειν and πάρισος ‘bear’,‘equal’.

2. See Pliny, Natural History, 20.44.113 for the use of parsley at funeral meals.

3. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4210 (Cyparissi fructus).

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