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Abies.

The fir tree

XXXIIII.

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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    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 faire
    basteaux. Ainsi a plusieurs est expedient changer de
    lieu, & se mettre de plus hault, en plus bas pour meil-
    leur usage.

    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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