Monday, December 20, 2010

Boothby: The Lion and the Beasts

When in alliance with the strong,
The weak are sure to suffer wrong.
A Lion, in a royal whim,
Took other beasts to hunt with him.
A stag entangl'd in their toil,
He into three divides the spoil;
Then in these words the lordly beast
His humble company address'd:
"This portion I as strongest claim;
This, because Lion is my name;
And as for the remaining share,
To touch it, let me see who dare!"
Thus, as it ever will befall,
The greedy tyrant seiz'd on all.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 1.5.
leo, vacca, capra et ovis

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