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Abies.

The fir tree

EMBLEMA CCII.

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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EMBLEMA CCXI [=206] .

Amygdalus.

The almond

Cur properans foliis praemittis amygdale flore,
Odi pupillos praecocis ingenii.[1]

Almond tree, why are you in such a hurry to put out flowers before your leaves? I hate precocious pupils.

Das CCXI [=206] .

Mandelbaum.

Mandelbaum warumb eilst so sehr
Das du dein blüst stost vorn Blettern
Ich hassz die Knaben so da sind
Zu uberhuy und all zugschwind.

Notes:

1.  See Quintilian (Fabius Quintilianus), Institutio oratoria, 1.3.3: “the precocious type of intellect never easily comes to fruition”.


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