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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 138b

Calumniam contra calumniatorem virtus repellit

Who so with force against the marble wall,
Or piller stronge, doth shoote, to pierce the same:
It not prevailes, for doune the arrowes fall,
Or backe rebounde, to him from whence they came:
   So slaunders foule, and wordes like arrowes keene,
   Not vertue hurtes, but turnes her foes to teene.