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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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Section: LES ARBRES. View all emblems in this section.

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Le saulx.

Le Saulx fruyct perd, nomme Homere divin,[1]
Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

Homere souverain Poëte, ha par propre epithete appellé
le Saulx fruyct perd, pource qu’il ne porte point de fruyct,
& croist en l’eau, ou pres de l’eau. Par cela signifiant, que
les beuveurs d’eau sont infructueux de corps, ou d’esprit:
mesme que la semence du Saulx faict perdre chaleur na-
turelle, & puissance d’engendrer.

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1.  Homer, Odyssey, 10.510. See Pliny, Natural History, 16.46.110: the willow drops its seed before it is absolutely ripe, and for that reason was called by Homer ‘seed-loser’.


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