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Picea.

The spruce tree

Emblema ccii.

At picea emittat nullos quòd stirpe stolones,
Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.

PIcea facilè potest eum significare, qui sine liberis
decedit. Aut referetur ad eum qui nullum sui mo-
nimentum reliquerit, cuius nempe vita ac mors iux-
tà aestimatur, ut ait Sallustius.

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Le pin.

DU Pin, quoy que grand, on peut voir
Ne sortir rejets de racine:
Ce que pourra estre le signe
D’un qui meurt sans enfans avoir.

LE Pin peust representer celuy qui dece-
de sans enfans. Ou sera prins pour quel-
cun qui ne laisse point de memoire de soy,
assavoir duquel en la vie & la mort on ne
parle point, comme dit Salluste.


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Le Coing.

A la nouvelle espouse donnoit l’on
Jadis des coingz, par la loy de Solon.[1]
Bons sont au coeur: & rendent bonne aleine
Pour bien penser: sans parolle villaine.

Les Coingz confortent le coeur, & inspirent doulce alei-
ne à la bouche. Et d’iceulx les presens jadis faictz aulx nou
velles espouses, les admonnestoient de avoir le coeur net
en bonne, & honneste pensée: & la bouche de bonne odeur,
en pudicques, & honnestes parolles.

Notes:

1.  See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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