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Quercus.

The Oak

Emblema cxcix.

Grata Iovi est quercus, qui nos servátque fovétque:
Servanti civem querna corona datur.[1]
Aliud.
Glande aluit veteres,[2] sola nunc proficit umbra:
Sic quoque sic arbos officiosa Iovis.

The oak is pleasing to Jove who preserves and cherishes us. A crown of oak is given to one who preserves a fellow-citizen.
Other: The oak fed men of old with its acorns. Now it benefits us only with its shade. In this way too the tree of Jove does us service.

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QUercus, Iovi sacra, pro salutis usurpata symbo-
lo. Plures rationes pete à Plutarcho. Querna,
seu civica corona ei dabatur olim civi, qui civem ser-
vasset: tanquam vitae testis, & salutis acceptae moni-
mentum. Sed & torqueri quercus potest vel ad ho-
minem, vel ad rem quae olim magno in honore fue-
rit, sed nunc nihil aliud sit quàm magni nominis um-
bra, ut de Pompeio caeso Lucanus cecinit.

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Le Chesne.

LE grand Chesne est en la garde
De Jupiter qui nous garde,
Nous maintient & tous nos biens:
Et de Chesne la coronne
Aussi à celuy se donne,
Qui sauve & garde les siens.
Autre.
Le Chesne a nourry gens sans nombre,
Maintenant ne nous sert que d’ombre:
Les vieux s’en sont aidez ainsi,
Et nous nous en servons aussi.

LE Chesne, consacré à Jupiter, sert de de-
vise, qui signifie salut. Plutarque en rend
plusieurs raisons. Or la coronne de Ches
ne, autrement appellee Civique, estoit an-
ciennement donnee à celuy citoyen, qui a-
voit garanti de mort un autre citoyen, comme
pour memoire & tesmoinage de vie & salut.
il se peust aussi accommoder ou à un homme,
ou à quelque autre chose, qui jadis a esté en
grande reputation, mais maintenant ne por-
te que l’ombre d’un grand nom, comme Lu-
cain
parle de Pompee mort.

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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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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