Aesop's Fables: Phaedrus
Book IV - X. De Vitiis Hominum (Perry
Peras imposuit Iuppiter nobis duas:
propriis repletam uitiis post tergum dedit,
alienis ante pectus suspendit grauem.
Hac re uidere nostra mala non possumus;
alii simul delinquunt, censores sumus.
The Two Bags (trans. C. Smart)
Great Jove, in his paternal care,
Has giv'n a man two Bags to bear;
That which his own default contains
Behind his back unseen remains;
But that which others' vice attests
Swags full in view before our breasts.
Hence we're inevitably blind,
Relating to the Bag behind;
But when our neighbours misdemean,
Our censures are exceeding keen.
Latin text from Phaedrus at The
Latin Library (Ad Fontes), English translations from The
Fables of Phaedrus Translated into English Verse by Christopher Smart
(London: 1913). Ben Perry, Babrius and Phaedrus (Loeb),
contains the Latin texts of Phaedrus, with a facing English translation, along
with a valuable appendix listing all the Aesop's fables attested in Greek and/or
in Latin. Invaluable.