A Certain Man made a wooden image of Mercury and offered it
for sale. When no one appeared willing to buy it, in order to
attract purchasers, he cried out that he had the statue to sell
of a benefactor who bestowed wealth and helped to heap up
One of the bystanders said to him, "My good fellow, why do
you sell him, being such a one as you describe, when you may
yourself enjoy the good things he has to give?"
"Why," he replied, "I am in need of immediate help, and he is
wont to give his good gifts very slowly."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)