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Laurus.

The laurel

Emblema ccx.

Praescia venturi laurus: fert signa salutis:
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]
Aliud.
Debetur Carlo superatis laurea Poenis:[2]
Victrices ornent talia serta comas.

The laurel that can tell what is to come provides omens of prosperity. Put under the pillow it brings true dreams.
Other: Now that the Poeni [i.e. North Africans / Tunisians] have been defeated, Charles deserves the laurel - let wreaths of laurel adorn the victor’s locks.

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LAurus in vaticiniis olim fuit adhibita, unde ad
symbolum rerum futurarum non malè potest
accommodari, quemadmodum etiam ad salutem in-
dicandam.

CArolo V. Imperatori Thunis referenti victoriam lau-
rea corona debetur, quam triumphantes anti-
quitùs gestabant. Plinius 15. cap. ultimo.

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Le Laurier.

LE Laurier, qui en scet user,
Sert pour les songes exposer:
Sous l’oreillier d’un personnage
Estant mis, bien ou mal presage.
Autre.
De Laurier faut que Charles on estrene,
Qui de Thunis a la gloire emporté,
Tels bouquets soient pour l’ennemy domté
Mis sur le chef du vaillant capitaine.

ANciennement on s’aydoit du Laurier
afin de deviner ou predire quelque
chose à avenir: par tant peust il estre accom-
modé comme un signe de ce qui est futur,
ou pour marque de salut.
A l’Empereur Charles V. retournant vi-
ctorieux de Thunis en la Goulette,[3] est deuë
la coronne de Laurier, qui estoit portee au
passé par ceux qui triomphoient, comme es-
crit Pline livre 15. chap. dernier.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535. Poeni (‘Phoenicians’) was an alternate name for the people of Carthage, where Tunis was later established.

3.  La Goulette is the port of Tunis (Halq al Wadi).



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