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Alciato Emblem 42: Source in Greek Anthology 9.291 (trans Paton, III, 157)

(Written after a Reverse of the Roman Arms in Germany)

Not though Ocean arouses all his floods, not though Germany drinks up the whole Rhine, shall the might of Rome be shaken as long as she remains confident in Caesar's auspicious guidance. So the holy oaks of Zeus stand firm on their roots, but the wind strips them of the withered leaves.