Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boothby: The Head and the Tail

That land accurs'd what ills betide,
Where the vile populace preside!
A Serpent's Tail address'd the Head:
"Too long I've followed you," it said,
"Tls now my turn to take the lead."
"Tis well," replied the Head, "proceed!"
The Tail, unus'd, went wrong and slow,
And blind and deaf, got many a blow;
Nor did the Head much better fare,
Condemned its leader's ills to share.

Source: Boothby - Aesop 2.9

Cauda Serpentis et Caput

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