little fellow he was, and yet he proved to be faster than you!” Said the dog: “One does not run in the same way when trying to catch another, as when one runs to save himself from harm.”

70 War and His Bride

When the gods were marrying and each had been joined with a mate, after all the others came War, whose turn to choose was last in the drawing of the lots. He married Insolence, who alone was left for him to take. The love he felt for her was most unusual, so they say, and even now he follows everywhere she goes.

Let not Insolence ever come among the nations or cities of men, finding favor with the crowd; for after her straightway War will be at hand.

71 The Sea

A farmer, seeing a ship fully manned with sailors and its bow already dipped beneath the arching wave, exclaimed: “O sea, I would that never anyone had sailed on thee. Thou art a pitiless element, an enemy to man.” Hearing this, the sea assumed a woman’s voice and said: “Speak not ill of me. I’m not the one that causes men these woes. It is the

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.babrius-fables.1965