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LES ARBRES.

Le Chesne.

L’arbre à Jova qui tout garde, & maintient.
Chappeau de Chesne au gardeur appartient.[1]

Coronne Civique de Chesne estoit baillée par honneur
à celluy, qui avoit gardé, & sauvé ung citoyen de mort.
Car le Chesne est consacré à Jupiter, ou jova (qui est
Dieu) lequel tout garde, & entretient.

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AULTRE.

Le Chesne sert premier de gland,[2] puys d’ombre,
De Jupiter l’arbre ha des biens sans nombre.

Avant les bledz trouvéz, Les anciens vivoient
de gland de chesne, & puys se reposoient des-
soubz en l’ombrage, & pource consacroient
le Chesne au souverain Dieu Jupiter, qui leur
donnoit d’enhault nourriture, & repos. Ce
que signifie la beneficence de Dieu estre telle,
que apres le fruict d’icelle receu, encore en sert
l’ombre, & memoire, comme faict la loy de
Moyse, & les Prophetes, à l’Evangile.

Notes:

1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.


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Section: ARBORES (Trees). View all emblems in this section.

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Cotonea.

The quince

Poma novis tribui debere Cydonia nuptis
Dicitur antiquus constituisse Solon.[1]
Grata ori & stomacho cum 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.

Notes:

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


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