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Le laurier.

XXXIII.

Le laurier dit le bien qui arrive aux humains,
Et mis sous le chevet rend les songes certains.[1]

Autre.

Qu’on donne du laurier à Charles la couronne,
Qui a vaincu l’Afrique: aux seuls preux on la donne.[2]

Commentaires.

Le laurier, symbole des devinements, est consacré
à Apollon, que les payens tenoyent pour Dieu des
predictions. La feuille de laurier mise au feu, si elle pe-
tille, presagit bonheur, & malheur si elle brusle sans
bruit. Les amoureux s’en servent en leurs complain-
tes. L’autre distique est faict en faveur de l’Empe-
reur Charles cinquieme, qui prit par force Thunis en
Afrique sur le Corsaire Barberousse.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535.


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    EMBLEMA CCV [=201] .

    Quercus.

    The Oak

    Grata Iovi est Quercus, qui nos servatque fovetque,
    Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]

    The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen.

    Das CCV [=201] .

    Eychbaum.

    Die Eych ist dem Gott Jovi gut
    Der uns erhalten, ehrnern thut
    Sehr angenem, damit man krönt
    Die erhalten die Bürger thündt.

    EMBLEMA CCVI [=201 second part] .

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    Glande aluit veteres,[2] sola nunc proficit umbra,
    Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovis.

    The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

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    Das CCVI [=201 second part] .

    Ein anderß.

    Die Eichel war der alten speiß
    Jetzt braucht mans nur zum schatten leiß
    Also ist dieser Baum dienstbar
    Dem grossen Gott Jovi fürwar.

    Notes:

    1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

    2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.


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