Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
106. AN EAGLE AND A MAN (Perry)
A Man took an Eagle, pelted her Wings, and put her among his Hens. Some
body came and brought this and presently new feather’d her. She made a
Flight at a Hare, truss’d it, and brought it to her Benefactor. A Fox
perceiving this, came and gave the Man a piece of good Counsel. Have a
care, says Reynard, of putting too much Confidence in this Eagle; for
she’ll go near, one time or other else, to take you for a Hare. Upon this
Advice the Man plum’d the Eagle once again.
THE MORAL. Persons and Humours may be jumbled and disguis’d; but Nature
is like Quicksilver, that will never be kill’d.
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.