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Les tresfermes choses, ne povoir estre arrachées.

Quoy que la mer tous ses grandz flotz hors jette
Et le grand Turc le Danube à sec mette:[1]
Point toutesfois n’entrera conquereur,
Tant que Cesar Charles soit Empereur.[2]
Ainsi sur pied les grandz chenes demeurent,[3]
Quoy que les vents tombent fueilles, qui meurent.

Cest Embleme est faict à l’honneur de L’em-
pereur Charles cinquiesme, qui garda le grand
Turc
de passer à Vienne en Austriche.

Notes:

1.  The Turks invaded along the Danube and reached Hungary, winning the battle of Mohacs in 1526. When Alciato was writing, they continued to threaten Vienna and Central Europe.

2.  Emperor Charles V led the charge to recover the lost territory.

3.  Oaks were holy because sacred to Zeus, especially at his sanctuary at Dodona in Greece. CHECK([A58a188]). The image of the dry leaves is already present in the Greek poem, but see also Vergil, Aeneid 4.441-4.


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Les choses fermes ne se peuvent ar-
racher.

LVI.

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Ja soit qu’en nous venant chercher,
Turc estranger la Mer suscites:
Et que le Nil faces seicher,
En abbruvant tes exercites:
Si n’auras tu ja nos limites,
Tant que Charles garder les veuille.
Bien que le vent un Chesne excite,[1]
Il n’en remue que la feuille.

commentaires.

Cest embleme est faict à la louange de l’Empereur
Charles
cinquieme. Alciat dit donc, que si bien l’O-
cean, l’Afrique, les Barbares, & autres ennemis de
la Chrestienté se liguent & conspirent ensemble: si
bien leurs armees sont si grandes, que passans par pais
elles tarissent le Nil & autres rivieres qu’elles ren-
contrent en leur chemin, si ne pourront ces mescreans
endommager la Chrestienté, tandis que l’Empereur
Charles vivra: l’accomparant à un gros & puissant
chesne, lequel, combien qu’il soit assailli furieusement
par toute sorte de vents, ne laisse pas de demeurer
ferme & stable, ne perdant, au pis aller, que ses feuilles
seiches, qui quelques mois apres reviennent plus belles
& verdes qu’elles n’avoyent jamais esté.

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1.  Oaks were holy because sacred to Zeus, especially at his sanctuary at Dodona in Greece. See [FALe032]. The image of the dry leaves is already present in the Greek poem, but see also Vergil, Aeneid 4.441-4.


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