Previously, our amphibious friend Bellowmouth introduced himself to a certain mouse at the edge of a pond. Now the mouse responds. There are some textual problems here. We have decided to include the interpolations. Who doesn’t want more Batrakhomuomakhia?
Then Crumbthief [Psikharpaks] answered and spoke:
“Why do you seek out my lineage? It’s known
To all men, gods and flying things in the sky.
I am known as Crumbthief, and I am the son
Of great-hearted Breadnibbler and my mother Mill-Licker,
who was daughter of king Ham-nibbler.
She birthed me in a hidey-hole and nourished me with food
like figs and nuts and all kinds of delectables. 30
How could you make me your friend when our nature is so different?