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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 131

That there are benefits in what is difficult, evils in what is easy

Since Jupiter threw down Ate from his ethereal seat, alas how evil mischief vexes men. She flies about, speedy of foot and swift of wing, and leaves nothing untouched by calamity. Therefore the Litae, offspring of Jove, accompany her as she goes, prepared to repair whatever damage she has done. But because they are slow-footed, half-blind, weary with age, they restore nothing to its rightful condition, except after a long time.