On A Thief (From The Greek)

by William Cowper

William Cowper

When Aulus, the nocturnal thief, made prize
Of Hermes, swift-wing'd envoy of the skies,
Hermes, Arcadia's king, the thief divine,
Who when an infant stole Apollo's kine,
And whom, as arbiter and overseer
Of our gymnastic sports, we planted here;
"Hermes," he cried, "you meet no new disaster
Ofttimes the pupil goes beyond the master."

Last updated January 14, 2019