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COTOGNI.

Quince.


Precetto di Solon fu, ch’a li sposi
Il Cotogno per don s’appresentasse.
Questi al gusto son cari e dilettosi,
E soglion confortar le membra lasse.
Cosi deve il marito e la mogliera
Vita menar fra lor dolce e sincera.


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Abies.

The fir tree

EMBLEMA CCII.

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.

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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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