Saturday, December 25, 2010

Boothby: Esop to an Insolent Fellow

Successful crimes to ruin lead.
An insolent at Esop's head
Once threw a stone. Sly Esop gave
A penny. "It is all I have,"
He said, "but yonder comes a man,
Repay you well who will and can.
Go; throw a stone at him, and see
How handsome your reward will be!"
The knave believ'd, and got his due;
Set in the stocks to public view.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 3.4.

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