by Caelius Firmianus Symphosius (flourished 4th - 5th century CE)
Translation © by Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

Mordeo mordentes, ultro non mordeo...
Language: Latin 
Mordeo mordentes, ultro non mordeo quemquam; 
Sed sunt mordentum multi mordere parati: 
Nemo timet morsum, dentes quia non habeo ullos.

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Onion
Language: English  after the Latin 
I bite when bitten; but because I lack
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