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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 à 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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La Yedra.

Ottava rhima.

Dizen que Bacco diò à el Cisso infante
La siempre verde yedra por corona.[1]
De donde con guirnalda semejante
Se adorna el morador d’el Helicona.[2]  [M]
Es verde por de fuera su semblante,
Y en lo demas la amarillez la abona,[3]
Como a’l que en los estudios se envejeçe,
De do siempre su fama reverdeçe.

[Marginalia - link to text]El poeta.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Cissos, beloved of Bacchus, and his transformation into the ivy, see Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 12.188ff.

2.  This full-stop is editorial.

3.  See Pliny, Natural History, 16.62.147: poets use the species with yellow berries for garlands.


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