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Mutuum auxilium.

Mutual help

XXII.

Loripedem sublatum humeris fert lumine captus,
Et socii haec oculis munera retribuit.
Quo caret alteruter, concors sic praestat uterque,
Mutuat hic oculos, mutuat ille pedes.[1]

A man deprived of sight carries on his shoulders one with deformed feet and offers this service in return for the use of his companion’s eyes. So each of them by mutual consent supplies what the other lacks. One borrows eyes, the other feet.

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Caecus quidam cům absque periculo solus
incedere non posset socium suum loripedem
nequicquam se movere conantem humeris
superimposuit, qui dum lumine capto viam
monstrat ipse vicissim portatus commodum
non modicum sentit, donec igitur concordes
erunt facilč alter alterius defectum supplebit.
ex Graeco epigrammate desumptum est, quod
ô utinam hodie nostri Principes facerent, di-
ci non potest quŕm benč & prosperč Rei-
publicae Christianae prospectum foret.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.12.


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