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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 92

The picture of Ocnus: on those who give to prostitutes what ought to be turned to good use

The hardworking man never ceases braiding rope from grass, joining moist strands with his skilful hand; yet, as much as he with difficulty can turn in many hours, the she-ass of slothful stomach devours right away. Woman, that lazy beast, seizes from her good-natured husband the money he heaped up, and wastes it on her own adornment.