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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 19

Nec verbo, nec facto, quenquam laedendum

Heare, NEMESIS the Goddesse juste dothe stande,
With bended arme, to measure all our waies,
A raine shee houldes, with in the other hande,
With biting bitte, where with the lewde shee staies:
And pulles them backe, when harme they doe intende,
Or when they take in wicked speeche delite,
And biddes them still beware for to offende,
And square theire deedes, in all thinges unto righte:
  But wicked Impes, that lewdlie runne their race,
  Shee hals them backe, at lengthe to theire deface.