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

The Lamp

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

Translation of James Davies

A LAMP that swam with oil, began to boast

At eve, that it outshone the starry host,

And gave more light to all. Her boast was heard:

Soon the wind whistled; soon the breezes stirred,

And quenched its light. A man rekindled it,

And said, “Brief is the faint lamp’s boasting fit,

But the starlight ne’er needs to be re-lit.”