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Cotonea.

The quince

Emblema cciii.

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cm sint, ut & halitus illis
Sit suavis, blandus manet & ore lepos.

Solon of old is said to have ordained that quinces be given to newly-weds, since these are pleasant both to mouth and stomach. As a result their breath is sweet, and winning grace drops from their lips.

PLutarchus testis est in praeceptis connubialibus
Cotonea, qud cor reficiant, suavmque ori ha-
litum inspirent, olim Solonis lege novis coniugibus
dari solita: ut admonerentur primo illo congressa o-
mnia transigenda corde puro, ore, linguque ador-
nata & pudica.

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Le Coing.

LA coustume estoit selon
L’Ordonnance de Solon,
De donner de la Coingnasse
A tous mariez nouveaux,
Pour faire, qu’avec la grace,
Du coeur & bouche pleine
Sortissent de propos beaux
Avec une bonne haleine.

PLutarque tesmoigne en ses preceptes
de mariage, que Solon ordonna par ses
loix que lon donnast de la Coingnasse aux
nouveaux mariez, raison qu’elle est bonne
au coeur, & fait bonne bouche: fin qu’ils fus
sent advertis que ceste premiere entree d’al
liance conjugale il falloit que tout se fit a-
vec un coeur pur, & une bonne bouche, avec
une langue pleine de tous bon propos.

Notes:

1. antiquus...Solon, ‘Solon of old’. See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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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.

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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