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

Learning by Doing

By Martial (c. 40–c. 104 A.D.)

AS Mithradates used to drink the deadly serpent’s venom,

That thus all noxious things might have for him no mischief in ’em,—

So Skinner feeds but once a day with scanty preparation,

To teach his folks to smile unfed nor suffer from starvation.