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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 Diverting Scrape

By Martial (c. 40–c. 104 A.D.)

MY shaver, barber eke and boy,—

One such as emperors employ

Their hirsute foliage to destroy,—

I lent a friend as per request

To make his features look their best.

By test of testy looking-glass

He mowed and raked the hairy grass,

Forgetful how the long hours pass;

He left my friend a perfect skin,

But grew a beard on his own chin!