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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 58

Against those who dare anything beyond their strength

While he sleeps, while he relaxes his body with sweet sleep beneath the pine tree, and holds his club and other arms, a pygmy band thinks itself able to overwhelm Alcides to the death. They do not know their strength. He, awakened, crushes his enemy like fleas, and drives off those entangled in the savage lion's skin.