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


By Plautus (c. 254–184 B.C.)

  • Translation of William Cranston Lawton
  • [A few miscellaneous passages will indicate the various tones struck in these rollicking comedies. Of course we rarely know how much is translation from the Greek, how much original invention.]

  • WHO, knowing nothing, claim to know it all.

    What each intends, or will intend, they know.

    What in the queen’s ear the king said, they know.

    They know what Juno chatted of with Jove.

    What never was or is,—they know it, though!