Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 15. The Hares and the Frogs (Perry
The Hares were so persecuted by the other beasts, they did not know
where to go. As soon as they saw a single animal approach them, off they
used to run. One day they saw a troop of wild Horses stampeding about,
and in quite a panic all the Hares scuttled off to a lake hard by, determined
to drown themselves rather than live in such a continual state of fear.
But just as they got near the bank of the lake, a troop of Frogs, frightened
in their turn by the approach of the Hares scuttled off, and jumped into
the water. "Truly," said one of the Hares, "things are
not so bad as they seem:
"There is always someone worse off than yourself."
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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