The Gnat and the Bull
A GNAT that had been buzzing around the head of a Bull, at length settling himself down upon his horn, begged his pardon for incommoding him;
but if, says he,
my weight at all inconveniences you, pray say so, and I will be off in a moment.
Oh, never trouble your head about that, says the Bull,
for 'tis all one to me whether you go or stay; and, to say the truth, I did not know you were there.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.