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Le houx.

XXXVII.

Le houx s’esclatte & rompt par sa trop grand’ durté: [1]
Et le bourgeois se perd par opiniastreté.

Commentaire.

Pericle disoit que les Beotiens ressembloyent au
houx: car comme les houx se rompent l’un l’autre:
ainsi les Beotiens s’entredeschiroyent les uns les au-
tres. Ce qui se dit des Beotiens, se peut dire à bonnes
enseignes de plusieurs autres, seditieux, ligueurs,
remueurs, & de dur col, lesquels on romproit plu-
stost, que de les faire fleschir ou ployer.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History, 16.73.186 (tota ossea est ilex, ‘the holm-oak is entirely bone-like’).


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    Picea.

    The spruce tree

    At picea emittas 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.


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