THE SINE QUÔ NON.
1 WITH MUCKWORM lately as in chat
2 I pass'd the sober hours,
3 The mice, for MUCKWORM keeps no cat,
4 Came trooping in by scores.
5 When famine leads, what thing can daunt,
6 Our courage what abate?
7 Each mouse was as the mastiff gaunt,
8 That growl'd before the gate.
9 Their mien so grim alarm'd I spied,
10 And looks of desperate woe:
11 "And why neglect, my friend," I cried,
12 "To chase the threatening foe?
13 "True 'tis that, any more than you,
14 " They cannot eat your pelf:
15 "But then of other food in lieu,
16 " They may devour yourself.
17 "And think how odd th' account would sound,
18 " Should future annals tell,
19 "MUCKWORM fell not by hungry houndu
u Alluding to the Fable of Actaeon.,
20 "By hungry mice he sell.
21 "Then drive the furious vermin hence,
22 " To ward such dire mishap:
23 "Nor fret, I pray you, for th' expence,
24 " Myself will lend the trap. "
25 "Your offer's kind," friend MUCKWORM cried,
26 "And highly do I rate it:
27 " But when the trap's by you supplied,
28 "Who'll lend the cheese to bait it?
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Title (in Source Edition): THE SINE QUÔ NON.
Author: James Barclay
Themes: characters; money; wealth
References: DMI 32584
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