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ABIES.

The fir tree

Emblema. 200.

Apta fretis Abies in montibus editur[1] altis:
Est & in adversis maxima commoditas.[2]

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.  Corrected from the Errata.

2.  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 laurier.

XXXIII.

Le laurier dit le bien qui arrive aux humains,
Et mis sous le chevet rend les songes certains.[1]

Autre.

Qu’on donne du laurier à Charles la couronne,
Qui a vaincu l’Afrique: aux seuls preux on la donne.[2]

Commentaires.

Le laurier, symbole des devinements, est consacré
à Apollon, que les payens tenoyent pour Dieu des
predictions. La feuille de laurier mise au feu, si elle pe-
tille, presagit bonheur, & malheur si elle brusle sans
bruit. Les amoureux s’en servent en leurs complain-
tes. L’autre distique est faict en faveur de l’Empe-
reur Charles cinquieme, qui prit par force Thunis en
Afrique sur le Corsaire Barberousse.

Notes:

1.  The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2.  Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535.


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