Apelles and the Young Ass

Kriloff’s Original Fables
He, that of self-love more hath than his share,
Is pleased with self for that at which all others stare
;
And oft it happens, that we hear him boast Of what he ought to blush for most.
Apelles, meeting with an Ass
Still young, invited him to be his guest
;
The Ass, too pleased to think of rest, Boasting aloud through all the woods doth pass, And tells the beasts : ” Apelles is a bore ; Tormented I will be no more ; Each time we meet he presses me to call.
It seems to me, my friends, that all He wants is, from me Pegasus to draw.”
: No,” said Apelles, chancing to be there,
The famous cause of Midas was my care
;
In thee a model for his ears I saw : And, if thou’lt call again, I glad shall be. Though I have met with many long-eared asses, Such length of ear as that on thee
All asses, young or old, by far surpasses.”
[Kenevitch says, that the well-known grammarian and
writer Gretch related to him, as the origin of this fable, that a young writer named Katenin once publicly declared
in the Library, that Kriloff worried him with continual in- vitations. Kriloff had invited the ill-fated boaster twice.]