AESOP'S FABLES

The Man with Two Wives – AESOP’S FABLES (yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield / those who seek to please everybody please nobody)

In ancient times, when men by law

Might marry several wives,

One man had two, who were at war

In daily wrangling lives.

 

The first was young; and, loth to see

Her husband growing gray,

She pulled, with warm fidelity,

His grizzled hair away.

 

The other, aging, could not bear

To hear him called her son,

So rooted out each brown young hair

Patiently, one by one.

 

And thus, between this girlish dame

And that white-headed crone

Then henpecked husband soon became

As bald as any stone.

 

For he who lets well-wishers strive

To shape him to their mood,

May find himself, should be survive,

Plucked like a goose stripped nude.

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