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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 36

One must persist against oppressions

A palm-tree struggles up against a weight, and rises in an arc; the more it is pressed down, the more it lifts its burden. It bears fragrant nuts, sweet desserts, to which first honour is given among courses. Go youth, and crawling amidst the branches, gather these things. He who is of constant mind will carry off worthy prizes.