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Abies.

The fir tree

Apta fretis abies in montibus editur altis:
Est & in adversis maxima commoditas.[1]

The fir tree that is fit to sail the sea grows high up on the hills. Even in hard circumstances, there is great advantage to be found.

Notes:

1.  This is because it grows strong by withstanding the gales and harsh weather. Contrast Anthologia Graeca, 9.30ff, 105, and the much-translated 376 for an opposing view of the fir tree: “how can the fir, storm-tossed while growing on land, resist the gales at sea?” 9.31 was translated by Alciato (Selecta epigrammata, p. 98).


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EMBLEMA CCVII [=202] .

Cotonea.

The quince

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis,
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cùm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manat & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

Das CCVII [=202] .

Kütten.

Es ist dsag das Solon der weiß
Sol haben verordnet mit fleiß
Das man die Kütten geben thu
Den neuwen Breutn eh mans leg zu
Dieweil sie seind dem Magn und Mund
Angemen, wolgschmack und gesund
Das also auch sie lieblich süß
Seyen freundtlich on alls verdrieß.

Notes:

1.  antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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