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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 156b

Dura usu molliora

When first the foxe, the lyon did behoulde,
Hee quak'd for feare, and almost dead did fall:
The second time, he waxed somewhat boulde;
But at the third, hee had no feare at all.
   Which shewes, that artes at first moste harde to see,
   With triall oft, both playne, and easie bee.