Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Boothby: The Frog and the Fox.

Let us our own defects amend,
Ere to guide others we pretend.
A sallow, wrinkl'd, spotted Frog,
To turn physician left the bog.
"He every malady could cure,"
He said, "that animals endure." —
"First on yourself your science shew,"
Says Reynard: "That the world may know
Your skill and knowledge, pray begin
Of those foul spots to clear your skin;
For while you look so sick and pale,
To vend your drugs you'll ne'er prevail."

Source: Boothby - Avianus 18.

Rana Medica et Vulpes

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