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Happy is he 1 who has fled a storm on the sea, and reached harbor. Happy too is he who has overcome his hardships. [905] One surpass another in different ways, in wealth or power. There are innumerable hopes to innumerable men, and some result in wealth to mortals, while others fail. [910] But I call him blessed whose life is happy day to day.

1 The archaic sound of the English “happy is he...”, with its implicit echo of the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, is appropriate here, for the chorus is describing beatitudes of a kind (though not strictly religious beatitudes) as appear at 73ff.

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