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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 173

A just revenge

A raven seized a scorpion by the foot and took him high into the rushing air, a reward taken for his own greedy appetite. But the scorpion, injecting his venom gradually into the predator's body, forced him in revenge beneath the Stygian waves. An event worthy of laughter: one who was preparing destruction for others perished himself, succumbing to his own cunning.