Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)
134. A FOWLER AND A PARTRIDGE (Perry
A Fowler had taken a Partridge, and the Bird offer’d her self to decoy
as many of her Companions into the Snare as she could, upon Condition
that he would give her Quarter. No, says he, you shall die the rather
for that very Reason, because you would be so base as to betray your Friends
to save your self.
THE MORAL. Of all scandalous and lewd Offices, that of a Traitor is
certainly the basest; for it undermines the very Foundations of Society.
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.