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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 Sapin.

    Le Sapin croist es mons, & sert en leau [=l’eau] .
    En lieu contraire, est souvent profict beau.[1]

    Le Sapin croissant es haultes montaignes, descend
    es basses rivieres: pour faire plus grand profict.
    Car pour estre resineux, & legier, il est propre à
    faire basteaux. Ainsi a plusieurs est expedient
    changer de lieu, & se mettre de plus hault, en plus
    bas pour meilleur usage.

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    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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