Fragment 520769



and from its trunk gives us resin so excellent

Original French:  de ſon corps nous rend la reſine tant excellente

Modern French:  de son corps nous rend la resine tant excellente


la resine tant excellente

Le mélèze fournit une résine abondante et de bonne qualité: «Plusculum huic erumpit liquoris, melleo colore, atque lentiore, nimquam durescentis». Pline, XVI, 19.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Oeuvres. Tome Cinquieme: Tiers Livre. Édition critique
p. 374
Abel Lefranc [1863-1952], editor
Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, 1931

de ſon corps [agaric,meleze] nous rend la reſine tant excellente

Quinto generi est situs idem, facies eadem; larix vocatur. materies praestantior longe, incorrupta aevis, umori contumax, rubens praeterea et odore acrior. plusculum huic erumpit liquoris meleo colore atque lentore,numquam durescentis.

The fifth kind of resinous tree has the same habitat and the same appearance; it is called the larch. Its timber is far superior, not rotting with age and offering a stubborn resistance to damp; also it has a reddish colour and a rather penetrating scent. Resin flows from this tree in rather large quantities, of the colour and stickiness of honey, and never becoming hard.

Pliny the Elder [23–79 AD]
The Natural History. Volume 4: Books 12–16
Harris Rackham [1868–1944], translator
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1945
Loeb Classical Library



Posted 10 February 2013. Modified 21 January 2017.

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