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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L7r p173]

Mutuum auxilium.

Mutual help

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.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.12.


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AMITIE.

Amitie durante, voire apres la mort.[1]

Une Olme seiche, & sans fueille,[2] embrassa
La belle vigne, & sa verdeur dressa.
Recoignoissant naturel benefice,
Rendit le droict de mutuel office.
Donnant exemple, amys telz comparer,
Que mort aussi ne puisse separer.

La vraye amitié est de l’esperit, non du corps, l’esperit
est immortel: parquoy elle est immortelle, faisant fai
re debvoir d’amy, non seullement en la vie: mais aussi
apres la mort. Comme feit Alexandre à Hephestion.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus’ famous variations on this theme in De copia (CWE 24. pp. 354-64).

2.  In ancient Italy young vines were often supported by elm trees. See Vergil, Georgics 1.2.


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