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Le Peuplier.

Blanc brun Peuplier Hercules coronnant,[1]
Monstre le temps jour, & nuyct alternant.[2]

La fueille du Peuplier, est d’une part blanche, & d’aul-
tre brune, & tousjours tremblante. Ainsi est le temps
party en jour clair, & nuyct obscure, & incessamment
en continuel mouvement.

Notes:

1.  The white poplar was dedicated to Hercules. According to Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.14.2, Hercules introduced it to Greece. According to another story, Hercules on his way back from the Underworld garlanded his head with stems from a white poplar growing beside the Acheron, a memorial of the nymph Leuke (White) carried off by Pluto.

2.  ‘Night and day’, a reference to the dark green surface and white underside of the white poplar leaf. According to Pliny, Natural History, 16.36.87, the leaves of the white poplar turn over at the summer solstice. Hercules was equated with the sun: Macrobius, Saturnalia, 1.20.6 and 10.


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Le sapin.

XXXIV.

On bastit du sapin, qui croist és monts hautains,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N3v p198] Et en terre & en mer les maisons des humains.[1]

Commentaires.

Cest embleme remarque la grande utilité qu’on
tire du sapin: Car plus commodement que de toute
autre sorte de bois, on en bastit les navires & les mai-
sons: à quoy il est de tout propre, mais sur tout aux
travenaisons. On le peut aussi appliquer à ceux qui
pour l’esperance de grandes recompenses, ne font pas
difficulté de changer de condition, & d’encourir des
grands dangers: ainsi que le sapin laisse les hautes
montaignes, où il croist, pour descendre aux vallees
voire sur l’eau.

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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