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Abies.

The fir tree

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 chesne.

XXXII.

Le chesne plait à Dieu, qui nous sauve & ramene.
Qui sauve un citoyen, a couronne de chesne.[1]

Autre.

Le chesne avec son gland a nourri les anciens
Maintenant par son ombre il nous fait mille biens.[2]

Commentaires.

Ces deux distichs sont clairs d’eux mesmes. Les
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N3r p197] Rommains avoyent plusieurs sortes de couronnes.
Mais à celuy qui sauvoit un citoyen ou plusieurs, on
luy bailloit une couronne de chesne. Avant que le
bled & les legumes fussent en usage, le seul gland e-
stoit la viande & nourriture seule des humains. Cest
arbre n’a rien en soy qui ne nous soit proffitable. Son
fruict, ses feuilles, son ombre, son bois, tout nous sert.

Notes:

1.  ‘a crown of oak’, awarded for saving the life of a fellow-soldier; see Pliny, Natural History, 16.3.7.

2.  For the ancient belief that early man fed on acorns see e.g. Lucretius, De Rerum natura, 5.939; Vergil, Georgics, 1.7; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.106.


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