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Board or Lodging (Lucilius)

ASCLEPIADES, the miser, in his house

Espied one day, to his surprise, a mouse.

“Tell me, dear mouse,” he cried, “to what cause is it

I owe this pleasant but unlooked-for visit?”

The mouse said, smiling, “Fear not for your hoard;

I come, my friend, to lodge, and not to board.”