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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D5v p58]

Obdurandum adversus urgentia.

Stand firm against pressure

Nititur in pondus palma, & consurgit in arcum,
Quò magis & premitur, hòc mage tollit onus.[1]
Fert & odoratas bellaria dulcia glandes,[2]
Queis mensas inter primos [=primus] habetur honos.
I puer, & reptans ramis has collige, mentis
Qui constantis erit, praemia digna feret.

The wood of the palm-tree counteracts a weight and rises up into an arch. The heavier the burden pressing it down, the more it lifts it up. The palm-tree also bears fragrant dates, sweet dainties much valued when served at table. Go, boy, edge your way along the branches and gather them. The man who shows a resolute spirit will receive an appropriate reward.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D6r p59]

Sendurcir a ce qui resiste.

Le palme chasse sa voicture,
Et resiste au poix quil supporte:
Enfant donc de bonne nature
Pense quel signe ce rapporte:
Pends toy aux raimes & fruict quil porte:
Cest que soys constant a la letre,
Car qui plus charge & rompt sa porte,
En plus hault estat se voit estre.

Notes:

1.  The reaction of palm to a heavy weight is mentioned in various ancient sources, e.g. Pliny, Natural History 16.81.223; Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 3.6. See also Erasmus, Parabolae p.263. It probably refers to a plank of palm-wood, rather than a branch of the living tree. A similar image is used in La Perriere, Morosophie, no. 83 ([FLPb083]).

2.  See Erasmus, Parabolae p.241: ‘the palm-tree, having bark with knife-sharp edges, is difficult to climb, but it bears delicious fruit’.


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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G3r p101]

Parvam culinam, duobus
ganeonibus non
sufficere.

A small kitchen will not satisfy two gluttons

In modicis nihil est quod quis lucretur: & unum
Arbustum geminos non alit Erythacos.[1]
aliud.
In tenui spes nulla lucri est: unoque residunt
Arbusto geminae non bene Ficedulae.

No one can make anything out of small resources. One clump of trees does not feed two robins.
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There is no hope of gain where means are small. Two flycatchers (lit. fig-peckers) don’t lodge well in one clump of trees.

Notes:

1.  ‘One clump of trees does not feed two robins’. For this proverb, see Apostolius, Proverbs 11.68, where it is said to refer to ‘those who try to turn something small into a source of profit’.


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