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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 28

At last, at last, justice prevails

The shield of the Aeacidean
drenched with blood of Hector,
the unjust assembly of the Greeks gave to the Ithacan.
But after it in shipwreck had been thrown into the sea,
Neptune, being juster, seized it, so that it found its master.
For a wave bore it to the shore-side tomb of Ajax,
where it cries out and pounds the sepulchre with these words
- You have won, son of Telamon,
you are more deserving of these arms.
Passion ought to yield to justice.