Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Boothby: The Fox and the Goat

When dangers press, a cunning man
Escapes by any means he can.
A Fox had fall'n into a pit,
And could no way get out of it.
A thirsty Goat hard by who stood,
Cries, "Neighbour is the water good?"
"So excellent," the Fox replied,
"I here remain unsatisfied;
Come down, my friend, take my advice."
Long-beard went down, and in a trice
Reynard climb'd out upon his head,
And left him prisoner in his stead.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 4.9.
vulpes et hircus

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