Tiberius Caesar made a very Pertinent Application of this Fancy to a Cafe of his own. The Question was, Whether or no he should cashier some of his corrupt Governors of Provinces, for oppressing the People? He gave the World to understand his Mind by this Fable.
There was a Man lay miserably wounded upon the High-way, and Swarms of Flies upon him, sucking his Sores. A Traveller that was passing by, pity'd his Condition, and offer'd him his Service, in pure Charity to drive them away. No, no says t'other, pray let them alone; for when these are gone I shall have worse in their Places. This will be the Case of my Subjects if I change their Governors.
Source: L'Estrange 254.
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