Monday, February 21, 2011

Boothby: The Envious Man and the Miser.

An Envious Man and Miser strove
By prayers to gain a boon from Jove.
Jove in his wrath their wishes granted:
"One should obtain what most he wanted,
And the same blessing should," he said,
"Be doubled on the other's head."
The Miser, from himself who reckon'd,
Waited in hopes to be the second.
The Envious wretch with venom fraught,
Then ask'd to have one eye put out;
"One will," he says, "remain behind,
And with it I shall see him Wind."
Envy, avaunt! thy native hell
Harbours no fiend more fierce and fell.

Source: Boothby - Avianus 23.

avarus et invidus

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