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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Mouse that Fell into the Pot
By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)
 
Translation of James Davies

A MOUSE into a lidless broth-pot fell;
Choked with the grease, and bidding life farewell,
He said, “My fill of meat and drink have I
And all good things: ’Tis time that I should die.”
 
THOU art that dainty mouse among mankind,        5
If hurtful sweets are not by thee declined.
 
 
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