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Laurus.

The laurel

XXXIII.

Praescia venturi laurus fert signa salutis,
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]
ALIUD.
Debetur Charolo superatis laurea Poenis: [2]
Victrices ornent talia serta comas.

The laurel that can tell what is to come provides omens of prosperity. Put under the pillow it brings true dreams.
Other:.
Now that the Poeni [i.e. North Africans / Tunisians] have been defeated, Charles deserves the laurel - let wreaths of laurel adorn the victor’s locks.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535. Poeni (‘Phoenicians’) was an alternate name for the people of Carthage, where Tunis was later established.


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    • trees: laurel (+ plants used symbolically) [25G3(LAUREL)(+1)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    • Protection; 'Custodia', 'Difesa contra nimici, malefici & venefici', 'Difesa contra pericoli', 'Riparo da i tradimenti' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54E42(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    Le Roure, ou Suse.

    Le Roure fend par trop dur estre,[1] & rond.
    Sedition civile en soy se rompt.

    Le Roure ou Suse, que est la plus dure espece de chesne: est
    en ses parties essentiales si astrinct, & serré avec durté na-
    turelle, que de soy mesme il se eclate, & fend: ses parties se
    entrelaissantes, & desjoignantes jusque au coeur, d’ond puys
    apres par sa durté il donne lieu, & ouverture à mettre le
    coing dedans qui le met par pieces, & l’envoie au feu. Ainsi
    les gens seditieux en une popularité ne se peuvent entrete
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R8v p272] nir joingtz ensemble: mais par leur trop dur sens, &
    obstination, se separent, & donnent lieu à la main justi
    ciere,d’entrer sur eulx, les dissiper, & mettre au neant.

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


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