The Fables of Florian (tr. Phelps)/The Two Bald Heads

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The Fables of Florian (tr. Phelps) by Jean Pierre Claris de Florian, translated by John Wolcott Phelps
The Two Bald Heads
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By chance two bald-head beggars found
A something shining in the ground:
       Each strove to have the prize.
They fought, and fought, with kicks and blows;

Pull'd hair and tore their ragged clothes,
       And black'd each other's eyes.

He who at last the object gain'd,
Lost his few locks that still remain'd;
And when his prize he look'd upon,
Lo! 'twas a broken comb he'd won!