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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’à profit on change de place.

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


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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