The Two Casks

Kriloff’s Original Fables
Two Casks were started : full of wine was one, And empty quite
The other. The first all noiselessly did slowly run, The second trundled light,
And o’er the pavement made a mighty pother,
Raising a cloud of dust
;
Those who are passing must
Leave the way free, When heard the coming din,
But not the less, for all that fuss, within The other cask, and not in this, we see That which to us might useful be.
He who, whate’er he doth, is noisy ever, In him men find their profit never
;
He, who is true in act, in speech is curt. Their far-noised deeds alone great men assert
;
They work the thought out in an active mind,
And noise alone is left behind.