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tetrastichon.

Si placidum sterilis fructum non germinet arbor,
Protinus illa tuo non erit esca foco:
Namque ferax positus fuerit si circulus[1] illi,
Truncus iners ramis non sua poma feret.

If a sterile tree will not bring peaceful fruit, she should not be, then, food for your hearth; for if some fertile plant is grafted to her, she, a dead trunk, will bring forth apples that are not her own.

quatrain.

L’arbre sauvage infertil par Nature
Ne faut du tout couper, ou désplanter,
Mais le convient par art d’agriculture,
De quelque plant, qui soit fertil, enter.

Notes:

1.  circulus: surculus is required here to mean ‘grafted’.


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