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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O3v p214]

Quercus.

The Oak

Grata Iovi est quercus, qui nos servatque, fovetque,
Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]
aliud.
Glande aluit veteres,[2] sola nunc proficit umbra,
Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovis.

The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen.
Other.
The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

Notes:

1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.


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Le saulx.[1]

Le Saulx fruyct-perd, nommé Homere divin,[2]
Notant ceulx la qui point ne beuvent vin.

Homere souverain Poete, ha par propre epithete
appellé le Saulx fruict 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 naturelle, & puissance d’engendrer.

Notes:

1.  The woodcut here is a fairly close, laterally inverted, copy of that used in the 1549 French edition.

2.  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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