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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 128

Nothing left

Even after so many disasters, this was lacking - that in the end locusts would descend upon whatever was left in our fields. We witnessed innumerable swarms bearing down, with Eurus leading the charge; even the armies of Attila and of Xerxes were not like this. These beasts consumed the corn, the millet, the spelt, all of it: even hope is in difficulties; beyond only prayers remain.