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Il se fault endurcir contre les ad-
versitez presentes.

Apostrophe.

Contre la charge hault la Palme s’eleve
Et croist tant plus, que sa charge est plus greve,[1]
Glandz odorans portant, & delectables,[2]
Ayans l’honneur premier es bonnes tables.
Or monte (enfant) es rameaulx le fruict pris:
Car Qui sera constant: aura le pris.

Pour quelque adversité, ou contrarieté qui advien-
ne, point ne fault laisser une bonne entreprinse, Mais
perseverer constamment jusque à fin heureuse.

Notes:

1.  The reaction of palm to a heavy weight is mentioned in various ancient sources, e.g. Pliny, Natural History 16.81.223; Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 3.6. See also Erasmus, Parabolae p.263. It probably refers to a plank of palm-wood, rather than a branch of the living tree.

2.  See Erasmus, Parabolae p.241: ‘the palm-tree, having bark with knife-sharp edges, is difficult to climb, but it bears delicious fruit’.


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CONCORDE.

Marcque de Concorde.

Corneilles hont merveilleuse concorde,
Leur foy jamais d’ensemble ne discorde.[1]
Sceptres des Roys portent de telz oyseaux,
Car par accord Princes sont bas, ou haulx,
Lequel tollu discordes, & desroys,
Viennent soubdain, tirans la mort des Roys.

C’est ce que Micipsa en Saluste dict, que par concor-
de les petites choses croissent. Et les grandes (com-
me Royaumes & Roys) deschéent par discorde.

Notes:

1.  See Aelian, De natura animalium 3.9. on the mutual love and loyalty of crows.


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