Saturday, February 12, 2011

Boothby: The Woodman and the Trees

What the ill-minded ask, refuse;
Who gifts against the giver use.
One from the Trees begg'd leave to take
A piece of solid wood, to make
A handle for his axe; they granted
As much of yew-tree as he wanted.
The axe repair'd, its strokes resound;
Pine, Ash, and Poplar fall around. "
Misfortunes felt," says Oak to Beech,
"When 'tis too late, discretion teach."

Source: Boothby - Gudius 5.

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