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

The North Wind and the Sun

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

Translation of James Davies

BETWIXT the North wind and the Sun arose

A contest, which would soonest of his clothes

Strip a wayfaring clown, so runs the tale.

First, Boreas blows an almost Thracian gale,

Thinking, perforce, to steal the man’s capote:

He loosed it not; but as the cold wind smote

More sharply, tighter round him drew the folds,

And sheltered by a crag his station holds.

But now the Sun at first peered gently forth,

And thawed the chills of the uncanny North;

Then in their turn his beams more amply plied,

Till sudden heat the clown’s endurance tried;

Stripping himself, away his cloak he flung:

The Sun from Boreas thus a triumph wrung.

THE FABLE means, “My son, at mildness aim:

Persuasion more results than force may claim.”