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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A Child’s Trick

By Persius (34–62 A.D.)

Translation of William Cranston Lawton

I OFTEN touched my eyes, I recollect,

With oil, in boyhood, if I did not wish

To learn by heart the dying Cato’s words;

Which my daft master loudly would applaud,

And with a glow of pride my father heard

As I recited to his gathered friends.