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tetrastichon.

Parva velut semper fert semina magna cupressus,
Illa tamen magno frondis honore viret:
Sic minimum quoddam ratio est, sed maxima prodit
Si datur, ut proprium ventilet illa decus.

As a great cypress bears always tiny seeds, but still stands green with greatest pride of leaves, so reason is the smallest of things, but, if given, it goes furthest, so as to shake her own glorious beauties.

quatrain.

Le Cyprés ha semence fort menue,
Mais son ramage est beau, & tient grand place:
Raison de soy (avant que soit cogneûe)
Est fort petite, et puys fait grosse trace.


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