10. Beast Fable I

Series Title
Archilochos Suite
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Plate : 11 3/4 x 10 in. (29.85 x 25.4 cm)
Sheet : 18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (46.36 x 38.74 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
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The poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:

The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehod only one: a good one.

This is a fable of men
of a compact made between fox and eagle...

O Zeus, father Zeus, yours is the power of heaven
and you watch over the works of men,
the evil and the upright. And the beasts,
the vain and noble, these are your concern...

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