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Auxilium nunquam deficiens.

Help never failing

XLIII.

Bina pericla unis effugi sedulus armis,
Cm premererque solo, cm premererque salo,
Incolumem ex acie clypeus me praestitit, idem
Navifragum apprensus littora adusque tulit.[1]

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.

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Ayde qui point ne fault.

XLIII.

Pendant que j’estoys en la guerre,
Beaucoup de bien me feist ma targe:
Et ores que suys hors de terre,
Tant fais que avec elle je nage.
Quand l’homme a vigoureux courage,
Et Dieu s’accorde a luy ayder,
Il ne fault pas grande advantage,
Pour bien gros peril evader.

Notes:

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


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