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El Abeto.


Nasçe en los altos montes el Abeto
Para el mar conveniente.[1] En las adversas
Cosas, siempre ay de bien algun secreto.


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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