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SPES PROXIMA.

Hope at hand.

Emblema. 43.

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.
Quod si Helenae adveniant lucentia sidera 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.

Notes:

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

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