A young Mouse, small and innocent,
Implored an Old Cat′s clemency:—
"Raminagrobis, let me live!
Your royal mercy, monarch, give!
A Mouse so little, sir, as I
A tiny meal can well supply.
How could I starve a family?
Host, hostess, only look at me;
I fatten on a grain of wheat:
A mite my dinner makes complete.
I′m thin, too, now;—just wait a bit,
And for your children I′ll be fit."
Thus to the Cat the Mouse, aggrieved;
The other answered. "You′re deceived.
Is it to me you talk like that?
Go, tell the deaf and dumb—not me:
Old Cats don′t pardon, so you′ll see.
The law condemns, and you must die:
Descend, and tell the Fates that I
Have stopped your preaching, and be sure
My children′s meals will not be fewer."
He kept his word; and to my fable
I add a moral, as I′m able:
Youth hopes to win all by address;
But age is ever pitiless.