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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 143

From Albutius to Master Alciatus, persuading him to withdraw from the conflicts of Italy and to teach in France

The tree which supplied these fruits, a newcomer to our region, came earlier from the eastern extremity of Persis. It was improved by its migration, in that while once it yielded poisonous fruits in its own country, here it bears us sweet ones. It has a leaf very like a tongue, and fruit very like a heart. Alciatus, learn from it how to live your life. Far from your country you will be held in higher estimation; for you are most wise in your heart and are no less vigorous in speech.