No doubt had he occasion to address
The brilliant court of purple-clad Queen Bess,
He would have wrought for them the best he knew
And led more loftily his actor-crew.
How coolly he misquoted. 'Twas his art --
Slave-scholar, who misquoted -- from the heart.
So when we slapped his back with friendly roar
Aesop awaited him without the door, --