|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (17291781)|
|EEN if a vicious man were like a leaky vat,|
|That wastes what it receives, pour in, for all of that!|
|If vat and man are not in too decrepit plight,|
|Keep pouring in thy gifts! How soon a crack soaks tight!|