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Spes proxima.

Hope at hand

XXXIIII.

Innumeris agitur Respublica nostra procellis,
Et spes venturae sola salutis adest:
Non secus ac navis medio circum aequore venti
Quam rapiunt, salsis iamque fatiscit aquis.
Qud si Helenae adveniant lucentia sydera fratres,[1]
Amissos animos spes bona restituit.

Our country is battered by many a storm, and hope of future safety is all that we have. It is like a ship far out at sea, driven along by the tempest and already gaping open to the salty waters. Yet if the brothers of Helen, the shining stars, appear, then good hope revives the company’s lost courage.

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COMMENTARIA.

Respublica nostra Christiana plurimis peri-
culis atque incommodis perturbata vexatur,
adeoque ut praeter unicam spem venturae salutis
& in integrum restitutionis nihil supersit.
Tanquam navis in alto mari hinc inde ven-
tis agitata tempestatibus defatigata, extremam
quasi adusque desperationem redacta: subi-
t ver apparentibus geminis stellis (quas
fratres Helenae omnium pulcherrimae, appel-
lant) timor omnis cessat, iterumque optimam
Nautae spem concipiunt. Sunt autem duo sy-
dera Castor & Pollux, geminorum signa, de
quibus Seneca in Hercule furenti quae maxim
serenitatem & prosperitatem nautis praesa-
giunt, ut etiam ab eis periclitantibus invo-
centur. Plinius lib. 2. cap. 37. & Horatius lib. 1. Car-
minum Oda 3. & 12. attestantur. Sunt nobis luci-
da sydera, summus Pontifex cum Imperato-
re fratres long formosissimae Helenae, Ca-
tholicae Ecclesiae qua nihil spetiosius, hi ete-
nim in flagranti turbine Reipublicae Christianae,
spem nobis addunt non modicam.

Notes:

1. ‘The brothers of Helen’, i.e. the stars Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, protectors of sailors.


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