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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 Lamp
By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)
 
Translation of James Davies

A LAMP that swam with oil, began to boast
At eve, that it outshone the starry host,
And gave more light to all. Her boast was heard:
Soon the wind whistled; soon the breezes stirred,
And quenched its light. A man rekindled it,        5
And said, “Brief is the faint lamp’s boasting fit,
But the starlight ne’er needs to be re-lit.”
 
 
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