A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe roundabout.
And if, dear my reader, you can tell me where that’s from, can pick and pin it to its origins… well, I shall be very much impressed.1
- The passage is from the King James version of Exodus 28:34. The Vulgate version is interesting, too, with its Punic (or purple) apples (or quinces, lemons, or … pomegranates?):
ita ut tintinabulum sit aureum et malum rursumque tintinabulum aliud aureum et malum punicum