Monday, November 22, 2010

L'Estrange: An Ass made a Judge of Musick

There was a Question started betwixt a Cuckow and a Nightingale, which of the Two had the Better Voice, and the better way of Singing. It came at last to a Tryal of Skill, and an Ass was to be the Judge; who upon Hearing both Sides, gave it clearly for the Cuckow.

'Tis a Hard Case for Philosophers to be Try'd by Fools, and the Multitude to sit Judges upon the Niceties of Honour and Government.

Source: L'Estrange 414.
M0510 (not in Perry)

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