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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 56

Against the reckless

You see Phaeton the driver of his father's chariot who dared to guide the fire-belching horses of the sun. After he spread vast fires across the earth, he was wretched, having fallen from the chariot he rashly mounted. Thus many kings, whom youthful ambition drives on, are raised to the stars by the wheels of fortune. After great disaster for the human race and for themselves, they finally pay for all their crimes.