The Fables of Florian (tr. Phelps)/The Two Bald Heads
THE TWO BALD-HEADS.
By chance two bald-head beggars found
A something shining in the ground:
Each strove to have the prize.
They fought, and fought, with kicks and blows;
Pull'd hair and tore their ragged clothes,
And black'd each other's eyes.
He who at last the object gain'd,
Lost his few locks that still remain'd;
And when his prize he look'd upon,
Lo! 'twas a broken comb he'd won!