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The Mouse that Fell into the Pot

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

Translation of James Davies

A MOUSE into a lidless broth-pot fell;

Choked with the grease, and bidding life farewell,

He said, “My fill of meat and drink have I

And all good things: ’Tis time that I should die.”

THOU art that dainty mouse among mankind,

If hurtful sweets are not by thee declined.