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Picea.

The spruce tree

XXXV.

At picea emittas nullos qụd stirpe stolones,
Illius est index, qui sine prole perit.

But the spruce, because it sends up no shoots from its stock, is a symbol of the man who dies without progeny.


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    Le Sapin.

    Le Sapin croist es mons, & sert en leau [=l’eau] .
    En lieu contraire, est souvent profict beau.[1]

    Le Sapin croissant es haultes montaignes, descend
    es basses rivieres: pour faire plus grand profict.
    Car pour estre resineux, & legier, il est propre à
    faire basteaux. Ainsi a plusieurs est expedient
    changer de lieu, & se mettre de plus hault, en plus
    bas pour meilleur usage.

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    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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