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Abies.

The fir tree

Emblema cci.

Apta fretis abies in montibus editur altis:
Est & in adversis maxima commoditas.[1]

The fir tree that is fit to sail the sea grows high up on the hills. Even in hard circumstances, there is great advantage to be found.

ABietis schema potest accommodari iis, qui quan-
quam in loco satis commodo versentur, tamen ad
ampliorem quaestum faciendum sese periculis obii-
cere non reformidant.

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Le sapin.

LE Sapin sur montagnes croit,
Et sur l’eau utilement passe:
Ainsi assez souvent on voit
Qu’ profit on change de place.

LA figure du sapin peust estre accommodee
ceux qui combien qu’ils soyent assez
aisez o ils sont, toutesfois pour faire plus
grand gain, ne font difficult de se mettre
au hazard.

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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Cotonea.

The quince

EMBLEMA CCIV.

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manet & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

Notes:

1. antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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