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Quercus.

The Oak

XXXII.

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 Roure, ou Suse.

    Le Roure fend par trop dur estre,[1] & rond.
    Sedition civile en soy se rompt.

    Le Roure ou Suse, que est la plus dure espece de chesne: est
    en ses parties essentiales si astrinct, & serré avec durté na-
    turelle, que de soy mesme il se eclate, & fend: ses parties se
    entrelaissantes, & desjoignantes jusque au coeur, d’ond puys
    apres par sa durté il donne lieu, & ouverture à mettre le
    coing dedans qui le met par pieces, & l’envoie au feu. Ainsi
    les gens seditieux en une popularité ne se peuvent entrete
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R8v p272] nir joingtz ensemble: mais par leur trop dur sens, &
    obstination, se separent, & donnent lieu à la main justi
    ciere,d’entrer sur eulx, les dissiper, & mettre au neant.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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