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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 bouis.

XXXIX.

Tousjours verd est le bouis, & crespu par la cime,
La flute qu’on en fait rend son harmonieux:[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N5r p201] Aux delices propre est de ceux qu’amour anime
Il paslit, aussi font tous povres amoureux.[2]

Commentaires.

Le bouis est le symbole d’amour, pource qu’il est
verd mais d’une verdeur pasle. Aussi les amoureux
esperent tousjours, mais ceste esperance n’est jamais
separee de doute & crainte. Le bouis est fort propre
à faire des flutes de toutes façons, l’harmonie des-
quelles fait quelquefois passer la fantasie aux amou-
reux.

Notes:

1.  For pipes of boxwood, see e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.30.

2.  The lover should affect pallor and emaciation, as these will soften the lady’s heart; see Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 1.729ff.


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