The Faithful House-Dog


1.22. THE FAITHFUL HOUSE-DOG.
A Man that’s gen’rous all at once
May dupe a novice or a dunce;
But to no purpose are the snares
He for the knowing ones prepares.
When late at night a felon tried
To bribe a Dog with food, he cried,
“What ho! do you attempt to stop
The mouth of him that guards the shop?
You ’re mightily mistaken, sir,
For this strange kindness is a spur,
To make me double all my din,
Lest such a scoundrel should come in.” [more info]

4 comments:

  1. Do you have the ancient greek text of this? Or perhaps a different English translation?

    thank you

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  2. I have a Greek version here if that is any help:
    Syntipas: Θηρευτὴς καὶ κύων
    It's a fable better attested in Latin. Offhand I can't remember if there are older Greek versions than Syntipas. :-)

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  3. Ha Ha!
    I meant, the greek version of the faithful house dog.
    I tried to use my limited latin skills to translate the latin, but after being frustrated by the first two lines, and came nowhere near the Smart translation, I thought that perhaps the ancient greek would help me better, since my vocabulary of greek is much better than the latin!

    thanks

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  4. Oh, Latin poetry is definitely harder than Latin prose. If there is a specific question I can help with in the Phaedrus, let me know. (I used to be a Latin teacher.)

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