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Abies.

The fir tree

XXXIIII.

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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    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.

    Notes:

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


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