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

Author Unknown

A Group of Indian Epigrams: Realities

Translation of Charles Rockwell Lanman, editor

IN every wood upon the trees there grow

Fruits easy pluckt, thy hungry mouth to fill;

In every place the purest brooks do flow,

Whose waters cool and sweet thy thirst would still;

And on their banks the softest couch is laid,

From tender shoots of lovely creepers made.

Food, drink, and bed!—Why, wretched fool, for more

Wilt serve or toady at some rich man’s door?