Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Boothby: The Fly and the Horse

A Fly upon a coach-box seated,
With arrogance the Horses rated.
"Advance!" cries out the paltry thing,
"Unless you mean to feel my sting."
"Not thee we heed," a Horse replied,
"But him whose skilful hand can guide
The reins and whip: We better know
Than thee when we should stop or go."
Thus men without or sense or weight,
Think themselves born to rule the state.

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 3.5.
musca et mula

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