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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 15

Wakefulness and watchfulness

The crowing cock - because it gives signs of the coming Dawn and recalls toiling hands to a new day's labour; the bronze bell - because it calls the wakeful mind to higher things: each is fashioned on sacred towers. And here's a lion - but because this guardian sleeps with open eyes, it's therefore placed before the temple doors.