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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 121

Festina lentè

This figure, lo, AUGUSTUS did devise,
A mirror good, for Judges juste to see,
And alwayes fitte, to bee before their eies,
When sentence they, of life, and deathe decree:
   Then muste they haste, but verie slowe awaie,
   Like butterflie, whome creepinge crabbe dothe staie.

The Prince, or Judge, maie not with lighte reporte,
In doubtfull thinges, give judgement touching life:
But trie, and learne the truthe in everie sorte,
And mercie joyne, with justice bloodie knife:
   This pleased well AUGUSTUS noble grace,
   And Judges all, within this tracke shoulde trace.