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Horse and Man; The Ass and the Enemy

Crane, Walter, 1900, Publisher's print
Horse and Man; The Ass and the Enemy
Horse and Man; The Ass and the Enemy
Horse and Man; The Ass and the Enemy
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Horse and Man; The Ass and the Enemy. Illustrated page from 'Baby's Own Aesop'
An upper and a lower horizontal panel frame the rhymes. In the upper panel, a man with a spear and mounted on a horse chases a stag through the landscape. Below, a man pulls at the reins of a donkey, a whip in one hand, and in the distance are the silhouettes of horsemen and a cloud of dust. The donkey is lying down, laden with packs. The two rhymes read:
"Horse and Man

When the horse first took man on his back,
To help him the stag to attack;
How little his dread,
As the enemy fled,
Man would make him his slave and his hack.

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The Ass and the Enemy

Get up! Let us flee from the foe,"
Said the man: but the ass said - "why so?"
"Will they double my load,
Or my blows? Then, by goad,
And by stirrup, I've no cause to go."

Your reasons are not mine."
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17.8 x 18.8 cm
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