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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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    EMBLEMA CCXIIII [=209] .

    Picea.

    The spruce tree

    At Picea emittat nullos quòd stirpe stolones,
    Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

    But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.

    Das CCXIIII [=209] .

    Füchtenbaum.

    Aber dieweil kein neben Gschoß
    Der Füchtenbaum beyseits außstoß
    Ist er ein anzeig und gefert
    Diß, der on Leibserben hinfehrt.


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