take vengeance

See: retaliate
References in classic literature ?
But my fate, doubtless reserving me for greater sorrows, if such there be, so ordered it that just then I had enough and to spare of that reason which has since been wanting to me; and so, without seeking to take vengeance on my greatest enemies (which might have been easily taken, as all thought of me was so far from their minds), I resolved to take it upon myself, and on myself to inflict the pain they deserved, perhaps with even greater severity than I should have dealt out to them had I then slain them; for sudden pain is soon over, but that which is protracted by tortures is ever slaying without ending life.
In Leviticus, the Lord Commanded 'You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people.
Instead of weeping over Don Juan's treachery like the female victims in Tirso's better known El Burlador de Sevilla, Leonor leaves for the north disguised as a man in order to take vengeance.