A Man, very much annoyed with a Flea, caught him at last, and
said, "Who are you who dare to feed on my limbs, and to cost
me so much trouble in catching you?"
The Flea replied, "O my dear sir, pray spare my life, and destroy
me not, for I cannot possibly do you much harm."
The Man, laughing, replied, "Now you shall certainly die by mine
own hands, for no evil, whether it be small or large, ought to be
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)