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Picea.

The spruce tree

XXXV.

At picea emittas 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.


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    Le houx.

    XXXVII.

    Le houx s’esclatte & rompt par sa trop grand’ durté: [1]
    Et le bourgeois se perd par opiniastreté.

    Commentaire.

    Pericle disoit que les Beotiens ressembloyent au
    houx: car comme les houx se rompent l’un l’autre:
    ainsi les Beotiens s’entredeschiroyent les uns les au-
    tres. Ce qui se dit des Beotiens, se peut dire à bonnes
    enseignes de plusieurs autres, seditieux, ligueurs,
    remueurs, & de dur col, lesquels on romproit plu-
    stost, que de les faire fleschir ou ployer.

    Notes:

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


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