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Le pin.

XXXV.

Ce que nuls rejectons du tronc du pin ne naissent:
Marque ceux qui mourans nuls enfans ne delaissent.

Commentaires.

Celuy n’est pas digne de naistre au monde, qui
n’y en fait point naistre d’autre. Le pin est le symbole
de ceux qui ne se marient point, ou qui sont steriles.
Car le pin ne fait point de rejectons.


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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.

    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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