Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
102. A FOX AND A CROCODILE (Perry 20)
There happen'd Contest betwixt a Fox and a Crocodile, upon the Point
of Blood and Extraction. The Crocodile amplify'd wonderfully upon his
Family, for the Credit of his Ancestors. Friend (says the Fox, smiling
upon't) there will need no Herald to prove your Gentility; for your carry
the Marks of your Original in your very Skin.
THE MORAL. Great Boasters and Lyars have the Fortune still some way
of other to disprove themselves.
L'Estrange originally published his version of the fables in 1692. There is a
very nice illustrated edition in the Children's Classics series by Knopf: Sir
Roger L'Estrange. Aesop
- Fables which is available at amazon.com.