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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 7

Not for you, but for religion

A doltish little ass carried a figure of Isis, bearing the revered mysteries upon its curved back. And so everyone in the street adored the goddess reverently, and on bended knee said prayers of worship. But the ass believed such honour was being shown to him, and swelled up, filling entirely with his pride - until the driver, who restrained him with whips, said, "You are not a god, little ass; rather, you bear a god."