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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 38

Symbol of harmony

The crows' harmonious way of life amongst themselves is marvellous, and mutual trust remains undefiled for them. Hence these birds support the sceptre, which is to say - all leaders rise and fall by agreement of the people. Yet if you remove harmony from the midst, discord flies in headlong, and drags with it the fate of kings.