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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 89

Against the wealthy, by public mischief

Whoever is trapping eels, if he should sweep the limpid streams, if he should dare to step into mud-free pools, it shall be in vain, and he shall merely play at work: but if he should greatly stir up clay, and agitate the glassy waters with his oar, he shall be rich: so it is that the rebellious state is profitable for those, who in time of peace and checked by laws go hungry.