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Picea.

The spruce tree

XXXV.

At picea emittas nullos qụd stirpe stolones,
Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.


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    Le Sapin.

    Le Sapin croist es mons, & sert en leau [=l’eau] .
    En lieu contraire, est souvent profict beau.[1]

    Le sapin croissant es haultes montaignes, descend
    es basses rivieres: pour faire plus grand profict. Car
    pour estre resineux, & legier, il est propre à faire
    basteaux. Ainsi a plusieurs est expedient changer de
    lieu, & se mettre de plus hault, en plus bas pour meil-
    leur usage.

    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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