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THE ASS THAT CARRIED THE RELICS. Jean de La Fontaine

An Ass, with relics loaded, thought the crowd
Knelt down to him, and straightway grew so proud;
He took to his own merit, without qualms,
Even the incense and loud chaunted psalms,
Some one, to undeceive him, wisely said—
"A foolish vanity has turned your head:
They not to you, but to the idol pray;
Where glory′s due, there they the honour pay."

When foolish magistrates rule o′er a town,
It′s not the man we bow to, but his gown.

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