Thursday, December 30, 2010

Boothby: The Ape's Head

One ask'd a butcher, who had plac'd
An ape upon his stall, the taste?
"Master," the butcher laughing said,
"Judge of the body by the head!"
This saying, in a moral view,
Witty I rather hold, than true:
Since vice with beauty oft is seen,
And virtue with a homely mien.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 3.3.
(not in Mille) Perry495

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