(Prévot). Je ne voudrais pas être roi, si j'étais prévot de Bar-sur-Aube (French). I should not care to be king, if I were Provost of Bar-sur-Aube [the most lucrative and honourable of all the provostships of France]. Almost the same idea is expressed in the words
And often to our comfort we shall find, The sharded beetle in a safer hold Than is the full-winged eagle.
Almost to the same effect Pope says:
And more true joy Marcellus exiled feels, Than Cæsar with a senate at his heels.
See Castle of Bungay.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894