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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 26


After Fabius had broken Hannibal and the Phoenicians by his delays, the senators bestowed on Fabius a garland made of grass.

The lark, they say, conceals her nest in bending grass, and thus she guards her chicks.

Glaucus, son of Polybus, ate the grass sacred to Saturn and to Mars, and is believed to have become a god.

These riddles rightly show guardianship and safety, so much potency has the tiny blade of grass.