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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.

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Doppelte Hlff.

Ein blinder auff seim rucken tregt
Ein lamen so waren verregt
Sein F das er wandlen kondt nit
Hergeben er regiert den drit
Was einem jeden bresten thut
Dasselb erstatt der eynigkeit mut
Der ein thut leyhen die F sein
Der ander leicht seine Augenschein.


1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.12.

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