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Author: Phaedrus - 41 AD

Translated into English
  by C. Smart - 1887

Source: The Fables of Phaedrus

Original title (Latin):
Socratis dictum

Country of origin: Italy


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A Saying of Socrates

Phaedrus / C. Smart

Though common be the name of friend,
Few can to faithfulness pretend,
That Socrates (whose cruel case,
I'd freely for his fame embrace,
And living any envy bear
To leave my character so fair)
Was building of a little cot,
When some one, standing on the spot,
Ask'd, as the folks are apt to do,
" How comes so great a man as you
Content with such a little hole ?"-
"I wish," says he, "with all my soul
That this same little house I build
Was with true friends completely fill'd."