The Chest – Jataka Tales

Kriloff’s Original Fables
It often happens that our brains We rack, and take most wondrous pains
When we need only try a guess, And use the simplest means to win success.
A new-made Chest was home to the buyer brought,
And each that saw it cried, ” A work of finished neatness !

No one couldpraise enough its strength and its completeness. Into the room a knowing locksmith came
;
He gave it but a thought,
And swore it was a Chest made with a secret spring
:
” Just so, no lock ; I’ll open it all the same :
I think I ought to know this sort of thing ! Ah ! you may smile and doubt,
But in a trice I’ll find the secret out.” With that the Chest in hand he takes,
And turns it o’er from side to side,
Till arm, and head, and body aches
;
With nails and what not is the welding tried.