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Heathcote William Garrod, comp. (1878–1960).  The Oxford Book of Latin Verse.  1912.
 
The Ass in the Lion’s Skin
 
Avianus (circa 400 A.D. (?))
 
 
METIRI se quemque decet propriisque iuuari
  laudibus, alterius nec bona ferre sibi,
ne detracta grauem faciant miracula risum,
  coeperit in solitis cum remanere modis.
exuuias asinus defuncti forte leonis        5
  repperit et spoliis induit ora nouis.
aptauitque suis incongrua tegmina membris
  et miserum tanto pressit honore caput.
ast ubi terribilis mimo circumstetit horror
  pigraque praesumptus uenit in ossa uigor,        10
mitibus ille feris communia pabula calcans
  turbabat pauidas per sua rura boues.
rusticus hunc magna postquam deprendit ab aure,
  correptum stimulis uerberibusque domat;
et simul abstracto denudans corpora tergo        15
  increpat his miserum uocibus ille pecus;
‘forsitan ignotos imitato murmure fallas;
  at mihi, qui quondam, semper asellus eris.’
 

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