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Le sapin.

XXXIV.

On bastit du sapin, qui croist és monts hautains,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N3v p198] Et en terre & en mer les maisons des humains.[1]

Commentaires.

Cest embleme remarque la grande utilité qu’on
tire du sapin: Car plus commodement que de toute
autre sorte de bois, on en bastit les navires & les mai-
sons: à quoy il est de tout propre, mais sur tout aux
travenaisons. On le peut aussi appliquer à ceux qui
pour l’esperance de grandes recompenses, ne font pas
difficulté de changer de condition, & d’encourir des
grands dangers: ainsi que le sapin laisse les hautes
montaignes, où il croist, pour descendre aux vallees
voire sur l’eau.

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 CCXVI [=211] .

    Ilex.

    The holm-oak

    Duritiae nimia[1] quod sese rumperet Ilex,
    Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

    Because the holm-oak splits spontaneously through excessive inflexibility, it provides symbols for civic discord.

    Das CCXVI [=211] .

    Stein Eich.

    Da die SStein Eich auß grosser hert
    Sich von einander thut und zert
    Gibt ein gemerck und anzeigung
    Der Bürgerlichen embörung.

    Notes:

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


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