Thus did a Pard a Fox deride:
"Thy brush and fur of dirty red
Are frightful, honest friend," she said,
"I wonder you can bear to see
Yourself, when plac'd by side of me!"
"I little heed how looks my skin,"
Replied the Fox, "so that within,
You when occasion comes, shall find
How much superior is my mind."
Source: Boothby - Avianus 26.
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