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Abies.

The fir tree

XXXIIII.

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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    Le Pin.

    Le Pin ne faict nulz regetz de racine
    D’homme qui meurt sans enfans, c’est le signe.

    Le Pin brun, depuys le pied, jusque à la sime,
    ne produyct nulz regetz de son tronc, desi-
    gnant ung homme qui decede sans laisser
    hoir de son corps.


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