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ELCE.

Holm-oak.


Chi voul l’Elce piegar, per esser dura,
Si rompe e spezza: cosi alcun Signore
Mentre d’esser severo ha troppa cura,
E punir aspramente il popol suole,
Pon la discordia, e la concordia fura,
Contrario effetto a quel che brama e vuole;
Che non offende alturi cosi la legge,
Quanto la leggerezza di chi regge.


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Ilex.

The holm-oak

EMBLEMA CCV.

Duritie nimia[1] quòd sese rumperet ilex,
Symbola civilis seditionis habet.

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

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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