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Quercus.

The Oak

XXXII.

Grata Iovi est quercus, qui nos servatque fovetque
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.

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.

    Le Laurier monstre ou salut, ou danger,
    Soubz le chevet faict vrayz songes songer.[1]

    En l’art de Magie, le Laurier mis au feu, don-
    ne Indice de mal, ou de bien avenir, & mis
    soubz la teste du dormant, faict songer choses
    veritablement passes, presentes, ou futures.

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    AULTRE.

    Laurier est deu Charles l’Empereur:
    Telle coronne affiert au conquereur.

    Les Empereurs apres leurs conquestes, & vi
    ctoires, triumphans portoient le Laurier en
    main, & en teste, en branche, & en coronne.
    Parquoy icy est assign par maniere de gra
    tification Charles cinquiesme Empereur,
    retournant victorieux de Thunes en la Gou- lete[2], ou jadis fut Carthage.

    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. La Goulette is the port of Tunis (Halq al Wadi).



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