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, --
Aesop the Greek, who made dull masters laugh
With little tales of FOX and DOG and CALF.
And be it said, mid these his pranks so odd