The Mirror and the Monkey

Kriloff’s Original Fables
A Monkey, in a Mirror studying his form and face, Nudged with his leg a bear, whom chance drew near
the place
:
“Look, gossip, there,” he says, “look at that mug a space !
Didst ever see such features ? What twists and turns ! Each limb doth seem to
leap
!
I really from mere shame should weep, Were I myself as one of these poor creatures. The cat out of the bag to let, Such crooked opes among my friends I’ve met,
Though on my fingers I could now count up the set.” ” Thy counting will but trouble earn, ‘Twere better, gossip, on thyself thy looks to turn !

Bruin to him replied.
But Bruin’s sound advice was coldly turned aside.
The world sees many of such cases : None in himself can find a Satyr’s graces,
I saw it yesterday : That John’s hands are not clean knows every one
;
In bribery John a name hath won, But he, with shrugs and nods, winking looks Peter’s way.
[Pletneff and Kenevitch explain this as indicating the powerlessness of the most bitter and pointed satire against
self-complacent vice : no one sees his own image in the
glass. Undoubtedly this general lesson is taught, and
probably Kriloff thought of nothing more particular, but we foreigners may be pardoned for observing, that the capping instance chosen by Kriloff as his example of this weakness, shows, even more than any allusion to a special
case, the general prevalence of bribe-taking in the society of the day.]

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