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Picea.

The spruce tree

XXXV.

At picea emittas nullos quòd 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 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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