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Abies.

The fir tree

EMBLEMA CCII.

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 coin.

XXXVI.

Solon[1] veut que le coin à manger on presente
A la nouvelle espouse, à cause que plaisante
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N4r p199] Telle viande est en bouche, estomach, & haleine,
Ce qui les mariés à vraye amour ameine.

Commentaires.

Les mariés doyvent tellement confire tous leurs
dits & leurs faicts, que jamais il ne puisse advenir
entre eux aucun mauvais mesnage. C’est pourquoy
Solon commandoit à l’espouse, qu’elle mangeast un
coin avant de coucher avec son mari la premiere
nuict: à cause que ce premier plaisir, qui se recueille
de la voix & de la bouche, doit estre doux et bien
assaisonné.

Notes:

1.  See Plutarch, Coniugalia praecepta, Moralia 138 D.


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