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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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    Picea.

    The spruce tree

    Emblema ccii.

    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.

    PIcea facilè potest eum significare, qui sine liberis
    decedit. Aut referetur ad eum qui nullum sui mo-
    nimentum reliquerit, cuius nempe vita ac mors iux-
    tà aestimatur, ut ait Sallustius.

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    Le pin.

    DU Pin, quoy que grand, on peut voir
    Ne sortir rejets de racine:
    Ce que pourra estre le signe
    D’un qui meurt sans enfans avoir.

    LE Pin peust representer celuy qui dece-
    de sans enfans. Ou sera prins pour quel-
    cun qui ne laisse point de memoire de soy,
    assavoir duquel en la vie & la mort on ne
    parle point, comme dit Salluste.


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