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QUERCUS.

The Oak

Emblema. 198.

Greca [=Grata] Iovi est quercus, qui nos servatque, fovetque:
Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]
Glande aluit[2] veteres,[3] sola nunc proficit umbra:
Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovi [=Iovis] .

The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen. The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

Notes:

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

2.  Corrected from the Errata.

3.  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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EMBLEMA CCIII [=200] .

Laurus.

The laurel

Praescia venturae Laurus fert signa salutis
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]

The laurel that can tell what is to come provides omens of prosperity. Put under the pillow it brings true dreams.

Das CCIII [=200] .

Lorberbaum.

Der Laur Baum gwiß vor zeichen helt
Deß künfftigen glücks unverschelt
Und gibt ware treum unerschreckt
So er under das Küssen wirt glegt.

EMBLEMA CCIIII [=200 second part] .

Aliud.

Other

Debetur Carlo superatis Laurea poenis,[2]
Victrices ornant talia serta comas.

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.

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Das CCIIII [=200 second part] .

Ein anderß.

Keyser Carle ghört ein Lorkrantz
Das er den weissen Moren gantz
Hat obgesigt, dann der obleit
Ein solchen Krantz mit ehren treit.

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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