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Auxilium nunquam deficiens.

Help never failing

XLIII.

Bina pericla unis effugi sedulus armis,
Cm premererque solo, cm premererque salo.
Incolumen ex acie clypeus me praestitit, idem
Naufragum 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.

COMMENTARIA.

Fingit Autor militem quendam unicis suis
armis in diversis periculis sese egregi salvas-
se, cm enim is in terra militaret, scuto seu cly
peo suo ab inimicorum ictibus protegendo
se defendit, mox cm in Mari naufragium pas-
sus, super eodem natando ad litus usque por-
tatus denu incolumis evasit. Sic viris corda-
tis & magnanimis, fortuna, etiam in rebus
quantumcunque afflictis atque adversis, facil mo-
dum auxiliumve ministrat, ut denique vulg
fertur, fortes fortuna adiuvat.

Notes:

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


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