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Mutuum auxilium.

Mutual help

Emblema clx.

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.

ID extulit ex Graecorum epigrammatis quibusdam:
quo admonemur, eum esse in rebus omnibus hu-
manae naturae consensum, ut nihil omnino sit quod
non egeat aliena opera & auxilio mutuo: cm vi-
deamus id quasi de industria naturam voluisse, ut
singuli singulis dotibus, non autem omnibus dona-
tentur, quo singuli quicquid haberent, aliis commu-
nicarent.

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Ayde ou confort mutuel.

UN aveugle portoit sur son dos un boiteux,
Luy sentant ce plaisir, luy aide en recompense:
Ainsi d’accord qu’ils sont: l’un & l’autre s’advance:
Car l’un preste ses pieds, l’autre preste ses yeux.

IL a prins cestuy-ci de certains Epigram-
mes grecs: dont sommes advertis, qu’il y a
tel consentement & accord en toutes choses
qui concernent la nature de l’homme, qu’il
n’y a rien en tout qui n’ait besoin de l’aide &
support d’aultruy: & voyons que nature sem-
ble avoir fait cela tout expres, qu’un cha-
cun homme en particulier n’eut toutes les
bonnes parties, & dons de grace, ce que
les uns & autres vinssent communiquer
ensemble ce qu’ils auroient de bon.

Notes:

1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.12.


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