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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
faire basteaux. Ainsi a plusieurs est expedient
changer de lieu, & se mettre de plus hault, en plus
bas pour meilleur usage.


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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