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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Jupiter and the Monkey

By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)

Translation of James Davies

A BABY-SHOW with prizes Jove decreed

For all the beasts, and gave the choice due heed.

A monkey-mother came among the rest;

A naked, snub-nosed pug upon her breast

She bore, in mother’s fashion. At the sight

Assembled gods were moved to laugh outright.

Said she, “Jove knoweth where his prize will fall!

I know my child’s the beauty of them all.”

THIS fable will a general law attest,

That each one deems that what’s his own, is best.