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Le chesne.

XXXII.

Le chesne plait Dieu, qui nous sauve & ramene.
Qui sauve un citoyen, a couronne de chesne.[1]

Autre.

Le chesne avec son gland a nourri les anciens
Maintenant par son ombre il nous fait mille biens.[2]

Commentaires.

Ces deux distichs sont clairs d’eux mesmes. Les
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [N3r p197] Rommains avoyent plusieurs sortes de couronnes.
Mais celuy qui sauvoit un citoyen ou plusieurs, on
luy bailloit une couronne de chesne. Avant que le
bled & les legumes fussent en usage, le seul gland e-
stoit la viande & nourriture seule des humains. Cest
arbre n’a rien en soy qui ne nous soit proffitable. Son
fruict, ses feuilles, son ombre, son bois, tout nous sert.

Notes:

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

2. 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 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 blst 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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