11. Beast Fable II
Series TitleArchilochos Suite
ArtistMichael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
DimensionsPlate : 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 LineHope College Collection, Gift of Jacob E. and Leona M. Nyenhuis
LabelThe poetic verses by Archilochos translated by Michael Ayrton and selected by him to accompany this image:
Charilaos, son of Erasmon
I will tell you a comic story which
you will consider, old friend,
to be a great joke...
I will tell you a story, son of Keryx,
one with a dreadful outcome.
A monkey went alone into the border lands,
cut off from other creatures, isolated.
A vixen met him.
She had a subtle cunning...
...having such a bottom, oh monkey...
You see on that high rock,
rugged and sheer,
he sits, jeering at your prowess...
...a sea crow, rocking on a jutting cliff,
shaking her wings and working her trade...