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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 76b

Remedium tempestivum sit

Throughe rased wall, a serpente backwarde slydes,
And yet, before her poisoned head appeare,
The prudent man, for safetie that provides,
Doth strike at firste, in dowte of further feare:
   So all men shoulde, when they to daunger dreede,
   With all their force, prevent the same with speede.