Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
17. The Ass and The Enemy (Perry
"Get up! let us flee from the Foe,"
Said the Man: but the Ass said, "Why so?
Will they double my load,
Or my blows? Then, by goad
And by stirrup,
I've not cause to go."
YOUR REASONS ARE NOT MINE
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.