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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 Woman and her Maid-Servants
By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)
 
Translation of James Davies

A VERY careful dame, of busy way,
Kept maids at home, and these, ere break of day,
She used to raise as early as cock-crow.
They thought ’twas hard to be awakened so,
And o’er wool-spinning be at work so long;        5
Hence grew within them all a purpose strong
To kill the house-cock, whom they thought to blame
For all their wrongs. But no advantage came;
Worse treatment than the former them befell:
For when the hour their mistress could not tell        10
At which by night the cock was wont to crow,
She roused them earlier, to their work to go.
A harder lot the wretched maids endured.
 
BAD judgment oft hath such results procured.
 
 
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