Monday, January 24, 2011

Boothby: The Old Pilot and the Sailors

To one complaining of his fate,
Esop this fable did relate.
A ship by raging tempests tost,
The seamen, giving all for lost,
Twas who should weep and pray the most.
Grown calm at once the sky and sea,
They shout in joyful extacy.
The Pilot, from experience wise,
The giddy crew did thus advise:
"Nor much rejoice, nor over grieve,
But decently what comes receive;
Since good and ill succeed so near,
Meet ill with hope and good with fear."

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 4.15.

(image source: although this is an illustration for a different fable - the story of Arion - it can work for this fable too)

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