Thus communed these; while to their lowly dome, The full-fed swine
return'd with evening home; Compell'd, reluctant, to the several sties, With din obstreperous, and ungrateful cries.
In the loftiest seats of dignity, on royal thrones, they could think of nothing but their greedy appetite, which was the portion of their nature that they shared with wolves and swine
; so that they resembled those vilest of animals far more than they did kings--if, indeed, kings were what they ought to be.
"Say rather," retorted the cardinal, with a smile, " Porcos ante Margaritam , swine
before the pearl."
For beasts, or birds, take chiefly such as are least subject to diseases, and multiply fastest; as swine
, goats, cocks, hens, turkeys, geese, house-doves, and the like.