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AUXILIUM NUNQUAM
deficiens.

Help never failing

Bina pericla unis effugi sedulus armis,
Cum premererque solo, cum premererque salo.
Incolumem ex acie clypeus me praestitit, idem,
Naufragum littora apprensus[1] adusque tulit.[2]

Double danger have I escaped by careful use of one set of arms, when I was hard-pressed on dry land and when I was in dire straits amidst the swelling billows. My shield brought me safe from the battle. The same shield, when I seized it, carried me, ship-wrecked, right to the shore.

Notes:

1.  The scansion demands apprensus littora as in other editions.

2.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9, 42. See also 9, 109.


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