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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)


A Fisherman had been a long while at work without catching any thing, and so in great Trouble and Despair, he resolv'd to take up his Tackle and be gone: But in that very instant a great Fish leapt into the Boat, and by Providence made a tolerable Day on't.
THE MORAL. Patience, Constancy, and Perseverance, is an honest Cause, and Duty can never fail of a happy End, one way or other.

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.