Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boothby: The Ass Carrying Relics

An Ass some Relics bore along,
Which, worshiped by the stupid throng,
He thought 'twas him they thus respected.
With stately step and ears erected,
As pleas'd he star'd about, the guide
Drubb'd with a stick his dusty hide,
Crying, "March, idiot! Don't you see
Thy load they kneel to, not to thee!"

Source: Boothby - Aesop 1.33

Asinus Sacra Portans

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Billinghurst images. In the ancient world, the donkey was usually carrying an image of Isis, but here the story has been adapted to a Christian context!

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