Moral: No Moral. Suggest us a moral of this fable in comment section.
I scorn the man who builds his fame
On ruins of another’s name:
As prudes, who prudishly declare
They by a sister scandaled are;
As scribblers, covetous of praise,
By slandering, snatch themselves the bays;
Beauties and bards, alike, are prone
To snatch at honours not their own.
As Lesbia listens, all the whister,
To hear some scandal of a sister.
How can soft souls, which sigh for sueings,
Rejoice at one another’s ruins?
As, in the merry month of May,
A bard enjoyed the break of day,
And quaffed the fragrant scents ascending,
He plucked a blossomed rose, transcending
All blossoms else; it moved his tongue
To rhapsodize, and thus he sung:
“Go, rose, and lie
On Chloë’s bosom, and be there caressed;
For there would I,
Like to a turtle−dove, aye flee to nest
And carking care, by which I am opprest.
Upon a bosom fragrant and as fair;
Nor rival those
Beauties ethereal you discover there.
For wherefore, rose,
Should you, as I, be subject to despair?”
* * * * *
“Spare your comparisons—oh! spare—
Of me and fragrancy and fair!”
A Maiden−blush, which heard him, said,
With face unwontedly flushed red.
“Tell me, for what committed wrong
Am I the metaphor of song?
I would you could write rhymes without me,
Nor in your ecstacies so flout me.
In every ditty must we bloom?
Can’t you find elsewhere some perfume?
Oh! does it add to Chloë’s sweetness
To visit and compare my meetness?
And, to enhance her face, must mine
Be made to wither, peak, and pine?”
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