Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
112. DEATH AND AN OLD MAN (Perry 60)
An old man that had travell’d a great way under a huge Burden of Sticks
found himself so weary that he cast it down, and call’d upon Death to
deliver him from a more miserable Life. Death came presently at his call,
and asked him his business. Pray, good Sir, says he, Do me but the Favour
to help me up with my burden again.
THE MORAL. Men call upon Death, as they do upon the Devil; when he
comes they’re afraid of him.
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.