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In lapidem Tirreum.

On Tirrean stone.

Concordia fratrum.

Fraternal unity.

Tirrei quamvis moles densissima saxi,
Mirum, ni [=in] caeruleis aequora tranat aquis.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [X7r p333]Quam si forte secas in frusta minutula, sensim
Labitur, aequoreo nescia stare solo.
Coniunctos retinet quoties concordia fratres,
Quis poterit tantae laedere iura domus?

Take a mass of Tirrean stone, as close-packed as you like, and, an amazing thing, it can travel through the blue waters of the sea [lit. swim through the sea in blue waters]. But if you should chance to break it up into tiny little pieces, it will slowly sink, being unable to hold itself up on the surface [lit. the floor] of the sea. Whenever brothers are bound together in unity, Who can damage the mutual interests of such a family [lit. house]?

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