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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 58

Non dolo, sed vi

The ape, did reache for Chestnuttes in the fire,
But fearinge muche, the burninge of his toes,
Perforce was bar'de, longe time from his desire:
But at the lengthe, he with a whelpe did close,
And thruste his foote, into the Embers quick,
And made him, pull the Chestnuttes out perforce:
Which shewes, when as ambition fowle doth prick,
The hartes of kinges, then there is no remorce,
   But oftentimes, to aunswere theire desire,
   The subjectes feele, both famine, sworde, and fire.